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Orienting New Members to Laboratory Spaces

Your group is growing, this is an exciting time for the lab! When welcoming new members into your laboratory or research space, here are some important safety related items to discuss.

Reporting Emergencies

All visitors and members of a group must know how to report emergencies on campus using a cell phone or landline phone. On a Cornell phone, dial 911. (Do not dial 5-911 or 9-911). Cornell Police will respond directly and will route the call to local police or fire departments, or ambulance and other services.

Location of Emergency Equipment

☐Safety manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

☐Material Safety Datasheets (MSDS)

☐Fire extinguishers

☐Emergency shower (s) and emergency eye wash (es)

☐Emergency telephones or lab phone

☐Spill control kit and first aid kit

☐Nearest fire pull station

☐Safety glasses, lab coats, protective gloves, safety shields, other unique protective equipment

Leaving the Lab During a Building During an Evacuation

☐Emergency shut off switches as appropriate

☐Location of the emergency exit (s) from lab

☐ Show emergency route from the floor (primary and secondary routes)

☐Explain that after leaving the building, people should maintain a 50’ distance from the building

☐Instruct new members to :

1. Close door

2. Leave the lights on

Chemical Storage & Transport

☐If a new member will fill dewars or use cryogenic liquids, take them to the nitrogen fill station and explain proper fill procedures (cryogen, gloves, set up etc.)

☐Location of gas cylinder receiving and storage areas

☐Location of bottle carriers

☐Location of chemical storage facilities for the group (solvent cabinets, acid/ base, oxidizer storage)

☐Advise new member that all chemicals must be labeled with the full chemical name

☐Transport chemicals via bottle carriers, chemical shipping box or sealed secondary container

☐Shipment of chemicals (including samples to other institutions , returns to vendors) must go through CU EH&S (5-8200)

☐Shipment of radioactive materials go through CU EH&S

☐Shipment of biological material go through the College of Veterinary Medicine

Chemical Inventory System

☐Use of barcode system for all hazardous chemicals

☐Updating inventory for all transferred chemicals

☐Empty bottle disposal form

Managing Hazardous Wastes

☐Location of satellite accumulation areas in the lab and the need for secondary containment

☐How to label bottles and complete waste labels including when to date

☐Bottles are to remain capped unless material is being added to the bottle

☐Drain disposal limited to approved materials and neutralization of some acids and bases to pH 5-9

☐Used oil labeling and disposal procedures

☐Arranging for pick-up


☐Location of locked storage area

☐Inventory system for group

☐Disposal containers and drop off location/ arranging for pick-up

Other Laboratory Specific Procedures

These include  special gowning or entry requirements, high hazard operations, (Hydroflouric (HF) Acid use, handling and spill clean-up, high-voltage systems and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), biohazard containment and disposal).