Lab Safety, Training & Important Contacts
Principal Investigators (PIs) and/or Supervisors Responsibilities for Laboratories:
UCR Faculty/Principal Investigators are responsible for establishing, conducting, and maintaining a safe working environment within their laboratory, as well as ensuring proper training, conduct, and performance of individuals working therein. To assist in understanding these issues (i.e. provide training, chemical inventory, dispose of hazardous waste), go to Environmental Health & Safety or call (951) 827-5528.
How do I report an incident or injury?
Employees should report an occupational injury to their supervisor immediately and seek medical care when necessary.
Incidents must be reported within 48 hours of your knowledge of the event so that prompt and appropriate remediation can take place.
Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT)
Use the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) to identify and communicate hazards present in the laboratory or research area.
Process for Hire/Rehire Paid Staff or Volunteers & Laboratory Safety Training:
- Download and complete a New Hire / Rehire Template and submit to Sherice Underwood (FAO) and your financial analyst (who will submit hiring request to Harvest).
- Harvest will send the new hire an email with Onboard appointment date (this could be 2-3 days from date they received the request).
- Once the new hire has been onboarded, they are cleared to start work and will recieve a Net ID. Laboratory Safety Training information will also be given to them at their onboarding appointment (note: a background check is now required if new hire is to be issued keys and this could take a week or longer at present time).
- If new hire will be issued keys, they will need to present their Lab Safety Training certificate to the EMN front office staff (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy in LSP 2710) and the PI will need to complete a key request form (at the EMN front office), or send an email to email@example.com stating the room numbers and building for which they are to be assigned keys.
Safety Training for Undergrad Students Enrolled in 197 or 199 Research Sections
If you are permitting a student to enroll in an undergrad research section for academic credit, they must complete the Laboratory Safety Orientation (Fundamentals) course and show you a copy of the training certificate before they can be allowed in the lab.
Training is completed online through the UC Learning Center:
- If the student has used LMS in the past they can go to UC Learning Center and login with their UCR NetID and password.
- If the student is new to LMS and strictly a student (and not a UCR current or former employee or volunteer) before they can log in for the first time, they can go to the UC Affiliate Access Tool, located in the lower left section of page, and create a profile in the system.
If the student has used LMS in the past they can go to UC Learning Center and login with their UCR NetID and password.
If the student is new to LMS and strictly a student (and not a UCR current or former employee or volunteer) before they can log in for the first time, they can go to the UC Affiliate Access Tool, located in the lower left section of page, and create a profile in the system.
Please note: It can take up to two days for newly added profiles to be fully active due to the various data feeds and system updates involved.
Who is my Lab Safety Officer (LSO)?
Scott Currie, Ph.D.
Responsibilities: provides guidance on laboratory safety compliance and technical subjects; coordinates or provides training on occupational health and safety requirements; serves as liaison between the laboratory and EH&S in helping maintain safety and regulatory information, including Material Safety Data Sheets; requests information and clarification on regulatory requirements from EH&S; assists EH&S in evaluating program effectiveness; assists in responding to any regulatory actions or investigations. More details can be found on the EH&S LSO website.
Who is my Department Safety Coordinator (DSC)?
Estella Davalos, Administrative Officer
Responsibilities: serves as the focal point for administering the Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP); implementing the safety program to include training, safety partner registration, planning, inspections, records management, and hazard reporting. More details can be found on the EH&S DSC website.
Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
UCR's Chemical Hygiene Plan (click here) provides guidance on working safety with chemicals in the laboratory, including administrative requirements and responsibilities, general safety precautions, and how to identify hazards and reduce risks associated with chemical use, handling, storage, and disposal in laboratories.
If you have questions, please contact EH&S Chemical Hygiene Officer at (951) 827-5528.