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Laboratory Safety and Security

  • Assess your laboratory for hazardous materials and security risks.
  • Develop and implement security procedures for your laboratory group. Train your laboratory group on the security procedures and assign responsibilities.
  • Control access to areas where hazardous materials are used and stored.
  • Close and lock laboratory doors when no one is present.
  • Do not leave hazardous materials unattended or unsecured at any time.
  • Limit laboratory access to those individuals who need to be in the lab.
  • Escort guests to and from the lab.
  • Approach people you do not recognize and ask if you can help/direct them.
  • Know what hazardous materials are ordered and shipped to your laboratory.
  • Take periodic inventory of all highly hazardous chemicals, biological agents/toxins, radioactive materials and controlled substances.
  • Properly dispose of unneeded hazardous materials.
  • Immediately report any missing inventory or suspected unauthorized access to university security.

Office Safety and Security

  • Request identification from unescorted visitors and unknown repair/delivery personnel. Contact security if a person appears suspicious or refuses to show identification.
  • Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation and fire safety plans.
  • Secure computers and other valuables equipment with lock down devices.
  • Keep an accurate key possession log and recover keys from staff or students who no longer need them.
  • Report keys to university security and lost keys to estates or management.
  • When leaving your office for the day, close and lock door, windows and desk drawers.

ATM User Security Tips

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything suspicious such as someone loitering nearby or a security light out consider coming back later.
  • Only use ATM machines in a well lightened, open, high-traffic area.
  • If using ATM at night, take someone with you.
  • If using an ATM machine in a vestibule area, ensure door is securely closed and do not open for others.
  • If you withdraw cash put it away promptly don’t count your money in public.
  • Put your ATM card and receipt promptly. Never leave your receipt at the ATM.
  • Keep your Pin secret. Don’t write it down on your card.
  • Shield the keypad when entering your PIN to keep it from being observed.
  • Beware of offers for help from strangers during an ATM transaction.
  • Don’t’ argue or attempt to fight with a robber, give up your cash.
  • If robbed when safe to do so immediate call the police or KU security.

Computer Security

  • When you’re on the internet, be aware of the following precautions to protect yourself, you personal data and your equipment.
  • Be careful with commercial transactions on the web. If you are buying goods or services, use common sense. Make sure you know with whom you are completing the transaction.
  • Guard your password. Don’t share it with anyone. Once you have showed it, you no longer have control over how your account is used.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you share. There could be thousands of people reading your postings. Some services archive newsgroup messages indefinitely, providing keyword search capabilities to find anything that anyone ever posted on a public newsgroup site
  • Consider how much information you include in your e-mail signature file. Is your phone number or address really necessary?
  • Do not download files sent to you by strangers or click on hyperlinks from people you don’t know.
  • Try not to store financial information on your laptop unless absolutely necessary.
  • Delete personal information before you dispose of a computer.

Computer Security Tips

  • You can never be completely safe online but you can be safe by adhering to the following suggested guidelines.
  • Update your operating system. Updates are required even on brand new computer you are required to connect to a website to get the updates, they will never be sent to you.
  • Do not open unexpected attachments. Viruses spread themselves through multiple methods a very common and successful tactic is o send itself as an e-mail attachment.
  • Keep anti-virus signatures up to date.
  • Be careful. Do not open web links from unknown or unverified sources.
  • Back up your data.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Always use a locking screen saver on your computer.

Bicycle Safety

  • Use a U-Bolt style lock for your bicycle. Attach lock through a wheel, the frame and a stationery object such a bicycle rack.
  • Keep a record of your bicycle’s make model colour of frame number
  • Engrave the bicycle to defer thieves of to help in identifying and returning a stolen bicycle. Mark your identification in two different locations on non-removable parts.
  • Report any suspicious behavior you see around the bicycle racks. Never leave your bicycle unattended anywhere.
  • Make sure that the bicycle cannot be lifted over what you are locking it to.
  • For bicycles with quick release wheels, lock both wheels and the frames to a secure structure.
  • Remove components with quick release levers such as seats, lights and saddle bags.
  • Make the lock as awkward as possible to get at.
  • Before you walk away from your bicycle, do a quick check that your lock is really secure and there are no easily removable items.
  • Make sure that in parking and locking your bicycle you are not impeding pedestrian or handicap access.