Read about My Research Safety, a Web portal for centralized access to your Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) audits, inventory, and authorizations.
Laboratory personnel duties and responsibilities include:
- Complete all required health, safety, and environmental training.
- Review and follow relevant laboratory authorizations and safety manual(s).
- Follow oral and written laboratory safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures (SOP) required for assigned tasks.
- Keep your work areas safe and uncluttered.
- Review and understand the hazards of materials and processes in your laboratory prior to conducting work.
- Take appropriate measures to control identified hazards, including consistent and proper use of engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), and administrative controls.
- Understand the capabilities and limitations of PPE issued to you.
- Get prior approval from your PI/laboratory supervisor for the use of restricted chemicals and other materials.
- Consult with PI/laboratory supervisors before using highly hazardous materials or conducting certain higher risk experimental procedures.
- Report accidents and unsafe conditions immediately to the PI/laboratory supervisor.
- Participate in the medical surveillance program, when required.
- Inform the PI/laboratory supervisor of any work modifications ordered by a physician as a result of medical surveillance, occupational injury, or exposure.
Questions? Contact the EH&S Research Assistance Program specialist assigned to your building.
A Safety Data Sheet (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheet) is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical. It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. SDS’s contain useful information such as toxicity, flash point, procedures for spills and leaks, storage guidelines, and exposure control.
Notice: See PPE Support for Researchers for information about UC San Diego's laboratory PPE Distribution Program.
Emergency phone numbers
Call 9-1-1 from campus phones
From other phones:
- UCSD Police (858) 534-HELP (4357)
- Medical Center Security (619) 543-6111
- Poison Control (800) 222-1222
See the UCSD Emergency Guide for essential phone numbers and "what to do in case of...?" information for UCSD employees, students, and visitors.
Hazardous materials spills
Important! Chemistry / Biochemistry personnel must:
- Report serious incidents immediately: Call 9-1-1
- Immediately secure any incident scene from all access and preserve all evidence for no less than 24 hours.
Report all work-related injuries, illness, or hazardous material exposures immediately:
Important! Chemistry-Biochemistry personnel, follow special incident reporting instructions:
Learn about hazard and caution signs and labels you may see at UC San Diego and what they mean.
Learn about the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS-compliant labels that include a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard and precaution statements for each hazard class and category will begin to appear in our chemical inventories soon.