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Environmental Health and Safety

Laboratory Hazard Notice

A Laboratory Hazard Notice is required to be posted by the entrance of your laboratory.  The purpose of this notice is to inform emergency responders, lab personnel and authorized visitors of all hazardous materials or situation that they may encounter upon entering your laboratory. The hazard notice must include all chemical, biological, radioactive, equipment and other hazards present in the lab. Emergency contact information and entry requirements must also be listed. 

Should an incident occur in your lab, Emergency responders will rely on the hazard notice to make timely and effective decisions to enter and stabilize the incident area. If you are the designated group Safety officer for your laboratory, you must ensure that the information listed on the hazard notice is accurate at all times.

This hazard notice template [docx] can be modified to create your lab specific signage. The following instructions describe the information required for each section of the notice:

Laboratory Identification - the laboratory name refers to how you refer to your research group; indicate the Building and room number and the name of your Principal investigator.  List the names of all members of your research group.  If needing more space than available, indicate "See lab personnel list in the Chemical Hygiene Plan binder".

Emergency Contact - Emergency contact should include the Principal Investigator and two lab personnel who are capable of answering questions about laboratory operations. List phone numbers that can be reached outside of normal office hours such as a home phone or a cell phone.

Non-emergency Contact - Personnel and/or offices who can provide information and/or assistance in non-emergency situations.

Entry Requirement and Precautions - include statements and phrases that will inform all personnel of the requirements that need to be met before they can enter your laboratory.

Fire Hazards - Review your lab chemical inventory and safety data sheets to identify the GHS hazard classes and Category ratings of chemicals present in your lab.  Make a list hazards classes that have Category 1 or 2 ratings. This section of the template lists all GHS hazard classes of chemicals that impact the potential to start a fire or the response during a fire.  Remove the pictograms that do not represent any of the hazard class on your list.  Indicate the total volume of flammable liquids and list individual names of flammable liquids that are stored in 5-gallon or larger containers.  List chemical names of all flammable gases and indicate the total volume of all flammable gases in your lab.  

Health HazardsReview your lab chemical inventory and safety data sheets to identify the GHS hazard classes and Category ratings of chemicals present in your lab.  Make a list hazards classes that have Category 1 or 2 ratings. This section of the template lists all GHS hazard classes of chemicals that impact a person's short-term and long-term health. Remove the pictograms that do not represent any of the hazard class on your list.  List by name under each hazard class, all chemicals that are particularly dangerous.  For example: Corrosives - HF;  Acute toxicity - Arsine.

Physical and Other Hazards - This refers to equipment, instruments, and other items that pose physical harm such as cutting, pinching, crushing, burning, electrocution, high pressure, and others.  Include equipment that generate hazardous chemicals such as hydrogen generator, ozone generator, mercury generator, etc.  Other hazards refer to items or situation in the lab that are potential safety concerns but are not classified as chemical, biological, physical or radioactive.  Examples are tripping hazards, low beams, noise, confined space, dim lighting, etc.

Biological Hazards and Biosafety Level - List all biological materials (derived from living organism) present and the biosafety level assigned to your lab.  Please note that all BSL-2 labs have a specific signage required.

Radiation Hazards - List all isotopes, laser (and class) and x-rays present in the lab.

 

 


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