Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can I contact if I have a lab-related question?
  2. What are some of the on-line resources available to me to help facilitate my lab safety training, ongoing inspections and general lab responsibilities?
  3. Which lab training courses do I need to take?
  4. How often do/should lab inspections take place?
  5. My scope of work has recently changed within my lab, and as a result I am now using new chemical hazards. Where can I obtain information regarding the requirements for ensuring proper communication of my lab hazards?
  6. I recently sustained an injury while working in the lab. Who do I notify, what paperwork do I need to complete, and where should I go to get medical attention?

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1. Who can I contact if I have a lab-related question?

  • The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance (ORARC) in conjunction with the Laboratory and Biological Safety Focus Forum (LBFF) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is committed to providing on-going support and education to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health research community. For lab inspections and incident-related questions please contact your EH&S Safety Advisor:
  • For concerns related to potential non-compliance, educational training opportunities, and/or suggested topics for ROMS meetings/Quarterly Education sessions, please contact:
    • Stanley Estime, Assistant Director, Bio & Laboratory Safety, (617) 432-2164

2. What are some on-line resources available to me to help facilitate my lab safety training, ongoing inspections and general lab responsibilities?

3. Which lab training courses do I need to take?

  • Your training requirements may differ depending on your role and responsibilities within the lab. However, general lab training certification is expected in the following areas:
Training Requirement Course Refresher/ Freq.
Chemicals Lab Safety

LAB100

LAB200

Annual

Biological materials Biosafety

LAB103

LAB203

Annual

Radioactive materials Radiation

RPO101

RPO201

Every 2 yrs.

Lasers Laser Safety

RPO102

RPO202

Every 2 yrs.

Please click here to see a list of common Harvard Training Portal Courses.

4. How often do/should lab inspections take place?

  • It is the responsibility of the PI and Research Operations Lab Managers to ensure proper inspection of the lab facility and Satellite Accumulation Areas. The table below highlights the frequency in which inspections should occur.
Peer Inspection (if applicable) Annual
EH&S Inspection Annual
EH&S Biosafety Inspection (COMS-registered labs) Annual, may coincide with EHS Inspection
Laser Equipment Certification Every two years
Fume Hood/Biosafety Cabinet Certification Annual
Eye Wash Stations Weekly
Emergency Showers Annual
 

HAZARDOUS WASTE

 

FREQUENCY

Safety Officer SAA Inspection Weekly
EH&S Quarterly SAA Inspection Quarterly
EH&S 98% SAA Inspection Monthly

5. My scope of work has recently changed within my lab and as a result I am now using new chemical hazards. Where can I obtain information regarding the requirements for ensuring proper communication of my lab hazards?

For a full list of references pertaining to hazardous waste management, click here.

6. I recently sustained an injury while working in the lab. Who do I notify, what paperwork do I need to complete, and where should I go to get medical attention?

  • You/a member of the lab should contact 911 immediately in the event of a life threatening emergency
  • You should also contact EH&S at 617-495-5560
  • In addition to following up with your primary provider, please notify occupational health in order to ensure you are receiving the appropriate treatment for your injuries
  • Your supervisor is responsible for completing an injury/illness accident report with your input (if you are able to provide it at the time) within 24 hours
  • Further reporting to OSHA may be required
  • An accident investigation should take place following the report of the injury which may be facilitated by your supervisor, EH&S and possibly Human Resources