Laboratory Safety Information

Laboratory Guidelines

Important Note:
DRI requires an approved Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MOUA) for all research involving the use of biological agents.
Forms - See EH&S Forms page (Examples of available forms include: Particularly Hazardous Substances-Use Approval Form, Hazard Assessment Checklist, Inspection Checklist, etc.)

White boxAutoclave Use Guidelines - See Biological Safety

PDF iconDRI Chemical Procurement Protocol & PDF icon H Codes for Particularly Hazardous Substances
PDF iconChemicals: Storage, Handling and Use
PDF iconChemical Incompatibilities, Partial List
PDF iconChemicals of Interest - Dept. of Homeland Security list (also in Excel format)
White boxChemical Waste Log - see the EH&S Forms page
PDF iconGuideline for Working with Highly Acute Toxins
PDF iconGuideline for Working with Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHS)

Chemical Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

        SOP Template and Guidelines
White boxAcrylamide
White boxAntineoplastic Agents - See the Biosafety Links on the EH&S External Links page
White boxArsenic
White boxBenzene
White boxCadmium
White boxCompressed Gases and Cryogenic Liquids (Use, Handling, and Storage)
White boxCryogenic Liquids
White boxEthidium Bromide
White boxFormaldehyde
White boxHydrofluoric Acid
White boxMethylene Chloride
White boxOrganolithium Compounds (Journal of Chemical Health & Safety article)
White boxPerchloric Acid
White boxPeroxide Forming Compounds
White boxPhenol
White boxPyrophoric/Water-Reactive Reagents: Guidelines for Use and SOP Template (Word)
Information on additional chemicals may be available from the American Chemical Society's CLIPs page. Go to the EH&S External Links page for the link.
html iconGlove Compatibility Information
White boxHazard Assessment Checklist - see the EH&S Forms page
White boxHazard Communication Program - See Occupational Safety
White boxHazardous Waste Guidelines and Practices - See Environmental Management
PDF iconHoods: Safe Work Practices (Also see document in Lessons Learned section below)
White boxInspection forms - see the EH&S Forms page
PDF iconLab Decommissioning Policy
PDF iconLab Decommissioning Guidelines
White boxLab Decommissioning Form & Instructions - see the EH&S Forms page
PDF iconLab Safety Mini Guide
White boxLaser Safety Policy - See the Radiation Safety page
White boxLatex Allergies - Click here for OSHA's brochure on this topic on the External Links page
PDF iconOSHA Laboratory Safety Guidance (2011)
White boxParticularly Hazardous Substances-Use Approval Form - see the EH&S Forms page
PDF iconPersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) Levels - Descriptions (OSHA)
White boxPPE Assessment Form - see the EH&S Forms page
White boxPressure/Vacuum SOP Template - see the Physical & Environmental Hazards page
White boxSatellite Waste Inspection Log - see the Occupational Safety section of the EH&S Forms page
White boxWhite boxSatellite Waste SOP - See Environmental Management
PDF iconSecurity Guidelines for DRI Laboratories
White boxSoil Movement Regulations - see the Soils Permits page
White boxSoldering (lead and other solder types) - see the Occupational Safety page
PDF iconTour Policy for Laboratories
PDF iconWaiver and Release Form for Minors in Laboratories or Field Studies (Internal Use Only)

Laboratory Safety Training

PDF iconLab Safety training modules on Moodle
PDF iconLab Safety Resources from HHMI

Laboratory Lessons Learned

img icon htmlAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Lessons Learned Site
PDF iconHoods: Difference Between a Hood, Clean Bench, and Biosafety Cabinet
PDF iconLaboratory Assistant Dies - Pyrophoric Organolithium Reagent Accident
PDF iconLab and field personnel exposed to depleted uranium

Additional Resources

See the EH&S Links page for more information from professional associations, government entities, etc.

While the information and recommendations contained on the DRI EH&S web site have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and is accurate to the best of our knowledge, the EH&S Department and the Desert Research Institute makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency, or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required depending on the situation/circumstances. For specific information regarding government regulations, please contact the official regulatory agency.

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