Administrative

Lab Safety Contacts

Laboratory safety contacts should be identified and their contact information (i.e., name, phone number, e-mail address, etc.) should be kept on file in your LSP.

Resources:
Department Safety Officer (DSO) Master List

UHS Research Safety Partner

Name

Phone 

Specialty Area

Greg Hanson (612) 301-1158 College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources
Jodi Ogilvie (612) 301-1214 College of Biological Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Sabine Fritz (612) 625-7227 Academic Health Center
Anna Sitek (612) 625-8925 College of Science and Engineering
Paul Serafini (612) 625-8043 Research and Outreach Center

Working Hours and Working Alone Procedure

The UMN Chemical Hygiene Plan states that researchers should limit work after hours (i.e. nights and weekends) to non-hazardous activities such as data analysis and report writing. If hazardous materials or equipment must be used during non-working hours or when the user is alone, the worker must review the lab’s working alone procedures and obtain approval from the PI. Any work alone or after-hours requires the PI's approval. Persons under 18 years of age are not allowed to work alone at any time. After hours and working alone procedure should also be covered by the PI during annual lab-specific training.

Document your lab-specific after-hours and working alone approval procedures in your LSP.

Resources: Working Alone Fact Sheet

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements

All UMN workers are required to wear long pants/skirts and closed toe/heel shoes while in an area where hazardous materials are stored and used. Some laboratories require additional PPE depending on the hazards and the work conducted there.

Document any lab-specific PPE requirements in your LSP.

Resources: PPE Selection Guide 

Door Signage

The required UMN comprehensive lab sign provides emergency responders, Facilities Management staff, and visitors with information regarding potential laboratory hazards, required precautions for entry, and contact information. It fulfills several hazard posting requirements and makes hazard communication at the University of Minnesota more standardized and recognizable.

Document your lab-specific hazards in your LSP and customize your door sign accordingly. Please update your sign as your lab contacts or lab hazards change.

Resources:  Signage Requirements – UMN CHP 

Hazard Class Labels

All chemicals in the laboratory are required to have a label that indicates chemical contents and hazard warnings. Labs are responsible for labeling chemicals that are transferred from manufacturer containers into a secondary container or chemicals that are synthesized in the lab.

Exemptions: Chemicals that will be used within one work shift and will not be unattended during the work period of their intended use.

Document your lab-specific hazard communication method in your LSP.

Resources: 
Non-Manufacturer Container Labeling Fact Sheet  
Sample chemical abbreviation key 
Sample container labels 
Hazard Class Labels (under Label Template)  
Unattended Operations 

Chemical Inventory

All laboratories at UMN are required to keep their hazardous chemical inventory in Chematix, our online inventory system. The inventory is required to be reconciled annually.

Document any other locations of your laboratory chemical inventory in your LSP.