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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.