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There is a 3-ring binder labeled SAFETY above Per's desk. It contains the following:

  • Chemical Hygeine Plan (CHP)
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS) registration (a copy - the original is held by Barbara Grant)
  • Hard copies of lab members online training certificates.



General Lab Safety

Prudent Practices in the Lab

Do you know...

Environmental Health and Safety at HMS

Chemical Safety


NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA

Chemical Hygeine Plan

Guidelines for working with Sharps

LASERs & Radionuclides

Radiation Safety
We don't have a permit for working with radionuclides, but Per is on the Kirschner lab permit (talk to Mike Gage about purchasing radiochemicals).

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

What's in an MSDS
MSDS search engine I
MSDS search engine II

What to wear

Personal Protective Equipment

What not to wear

Latex/nitrile glove compatibility chart

In case of emergency

Who to call

Longwood Emergency Guide

Where to go

Medical Area Health Service, 617-432-1370
Location: Vanderbilt Hall, 275 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Hours: M, Th 9:00 am to 6:30 pm; T,W,F 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

At all other times, go to the Emergency Room at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Emergency Services, 617-732-5636
Here's a map

FYI: There's a defibrillator on the wall behind Rosa's desk (at the Quad-side entrance to the building).


All lab accidents must be reported. Guidlines for reporting accidents.
Please fill out the following forms and give them to Barb Grant:

  1. Accident Report
  2. Accident Investigation Form

Safety training

Everyone who handles hazardous materials (i.e. does bench work) must complete hazardous waste training yearly. The first training must be done in person - check here for upcoming sessions. Thereafter, the annual training refresher course can be completed online click here.

  • As of March 2008, all members of the lab must complete the hazardous waste online refresher course in March.

FAQs about safety training

Lab manager, to access Training Records Database:
EH&S Training site

The lab specific training log is kept at the back of the Chemical Hygiene Plan in the Safety Binder above Per's desk. All new lab personnel should be trained and sign the log.

Inventory and Placarding

  • Lab inventory of chemicals is in an Excel spreadsheet here: N:\PAULSSON LAB\Lab_Operations\chemical inventory
  • Online inventory and placards MUST be updated yearly (in March), but really should be updated anytime a hazard enters the lab that isn't covered on the existing door placards.

Managing inventory and generating placards

Hazardous waste pick-up

All waste containers must have a hazardous waste tag. Date the tag only when scheduling a pick-up (the date on the tag must be no earlier than three days prior to the pick-up date).

Online form to request pick-up and supplies

Waste pick-up happens on Tuesdays and Fridays, usually in the late morning or early afternoon.

Committee on Microbiological Safety

  • Registration must be renewed every year in April (website)
  • Registration must be amended:
    • when you start using a new organism or other biological hazard (e.g tetrodotoxin)
    • when people join/leave the lab

If the building needs fixing

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