Laboratory Safety Coordinators
In Stanford laboratories, the Principal Investigator (PI) typically appoints one or more lab members to serve as Laboratory Safety Coordinators (LSCs). Although PIs remain ultimately responsible for safety in their laboratories, LSCs handle many of the day-to-day safety duties. The Laboratory Safety Coordinator Guidance document contains an overview of such duties. Stanford EH&S also offers training for new LSCs.
It is recommended that incoming and outgoing LSCs share duties for an extended period of time (e.g. 1 month), to ensure adequate training and information transfer. Please inform the EH&S Research Safety Specialist when new LSCs are appointed.
All researchers in the Chemistry department must complete appropriate safety training before obtaining after-hours building access and beginning research.
Safety training at Stanford University is split into three tiers:
· Tier I: General safety and emergency preparedness
· Tier II: Subject-specific safety trainings (e.g., chemical safety, compressed gas safety, biosafety)
· Tier III: Workplace-specific safety training. Generally given as an in-person orientation by an experienced lab member.
Instructions on how to complete Chemistry department safety training can be found in the green safety training folders, which are available from the front office in Mudd Chemistry.
Regular self-inspection of the laboratory is important, both to maintain a safe workplace and ensure compliance with environmental regulations. In the Chemistry department, the EH&S Research Safety Specialist coordinates the timely completion and collection of self-inspection forms. Information about self-inspections (including blank forms) are available at this link.