How to Get Help
Fire, police, or medical help dial 9-1-1 on any campus phone or cell phone
Be prepared to give:
- Your location on Michigan Tech's Campus in Houghton, i.e. Building xxxx, Room xxxx
- The nature of your emergency i.e. fire, medical, chemical spill, police emergency, etc.
University facility emergencies dial 7-0001 (campus phone) or 906-487-0001 (cell phone)
Be prepared to give:
- The nature of your emergency i.e. power outage, plumbing leak, room/building temperature failure, elevator stuck, etc.
To request non-emergency laboratory facility repairs or modifications use the Facilities Management Maintenance Direct portal.
To contact Public Safety and Police Services for non-emergencies i.e. after hour building access, locked out of an office room call 7-2216 (campus phone) or 906-487-2216 (cell phone).
If you have questions about safety in your laboratory contact:
- Your department's Chemical Hygiene Officer,
- Research Integrity, or
- Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Laboratory Safety Equipment Requirements
Eyewashes and Safety Shower
- Technical Guide: Eyewash and Safety Shower
- Applies to anyone working in an area where injurious or corrosive substances to the eye or body are used.
- If accidentally discharged, has been tampered with, or needs service use the Facilities Management Maintenance Direct portal.
- To evaluate if additional extinguishers are needed in the laboratory contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
First Aid Kits
- All employees must have access to a first aid kit; post location if not in the laboratory
- For all medical needs beyond simple first aid, call 9-1-1. Campus First Responders will be notified.
Fume Hood Testing
- All fume hoods are tested annually
- For questions about testing, use, or other fume hood activities, contact Research Integrity.
- All laboratories using hazardous materials require a spill clean up materials as specified in the laboratory Spill Response Plan
- For questions about spill response contact Research Integrity.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- All researches must be supplied, free of charge, all laboratory PPE identified by your hazard assessment.
- It is preferred that all non-disposable PPE be assigned to each individual; all shared PPE that comes in contact with skin must be sanitized between users.
Use the Hazard Identification Checklist and the Technical Guide: Hazard Analysis - Using the Hazard Identification Checklist to identify hazards in your laboratory. Completing the checklist will identify:
- The information needed on the Emergency Response Poster that is required outside each laboratory entrance.
- The safety training required by any personnel prior to working in the laboratory.
- Contact your department safety liaison or Chemical Hygiene Officer for information.
- The PPE requirements for work in the laboratory.
- Any equipment that must be locked out during servicing following the protocols identified in the University’s Lockout Program.
Laboratories Conducting Research with Biological Materials
Requirements for Working with Biological Materials
Any work with organisms or materials requiring BSL-2 containment must be reviewed by the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
The IBC review requires submission of the following:
- Registration and Risk Assessment for Biological and Recombinant/Synthetic Nucleic Acid Research
- Standard Operating Procedure Form(s) for handling, storage, and disposal of biological organisms/materials.
- A laboratory-specific Biosafety Manual (The University’s Biosafety Manual may be used as a template and provides information on biosafety cabinets, laboratory set up requirements, disposal of biological organisms and materials, selection and use of PPE, incident response/spill cleanup).
- An Exposure Control Plan, if working with human blood or other potentially infectious materials (the University plan may be used as a template).
For additional information contact the Biosafety Officer at David Dixon, firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2131.
Laboratories Conducting Research Using Chemicals or Other Hazardous Materials
Prior to using chemicals or other hazardous materials the laboratory PI must:
- Review the handling,storage, and labeling of Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Safety in University’s Safety Manual
- Document the following has been completed by anyone working in the laboratory:
- Document safety planning has been completed:
- Standard Operating Procedures specific to the activities in the laboratory
- Develop a spill response plans specific to the activities in the laboratory
Purchasing Laboratory Chemicals
- Chemicals are a prohibited item on purchasing cards
- All laboratory chemicals must be procured through University Chemical Stores, UCS will
- Purchase the chemical
- Have the chemical delivered to their facility
- List chemical SDS’s on MSDSonline
- Deliver the chemical to your laboratory (or, if you choose, hold it for pickup by lab personnel)
- Any exceptions must be approved by Research Integrity and be processed through Purchasing
Disposing of Chemical Wastes
- Research Integrity manages all laboratory Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal
- When collecting waste in the laboratory follow the 4 L’s of collecting Hazardous Waste
- Use the Request a Waste Pickup for all laboratory chemical waste disposal
Laboratories Conducting Research Using or Servicing Electrical Equipment
Only authorized and trained personnel may work on both energized AND de-energized high voltage (>50V) circuits or equipment All work must follow the University’s Electrical Safety Work Practices and Hazardous Energy Control Program.
All electrical circuits must match the equipment/instrument manufacturer’s electrical requirements. If there are questions about these requirements, or if the circuitry needs modifications, contact Facilities Management through Maintenance Direct for assistance.
Other common laboratory electrical rules:
- Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are required if an electrical outlet is within 6 feet of a water source, in wet environments, and outdoor circuits.
- Extension Cords are only allowed for temporary (8 hours or less) portable equipment. Extension cords can not be used as a substitution for permanent circuits.
- Nothing may obstruct electrical panels (circuit breaker panels). A minimum of 3 feet of clearance is required for access to the panel.
- Equipment covers and instrument panels must remain in place when equipment is energized.
- Lockout procedure must be used when panels are removed or internal parts are exposed.