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Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Safety: General Safety Guidelines

UHD faculty, staff, and students must abide by the following general lab safety guidelines when working in any ET lab:

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn in all laboratories. Sandals or open-toed shoes are prohibited.
  • Long hair must be tied-back. Employees and students should also wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin surfaces.
  • Students and visitors must wear eye protection/hard hats/gloves as required within the lab.
  • Students should know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits, evacuation routes, and fire alarm pull stations.
  • The Health and Safety Manager will provide training on the appropriate use of fire extinguishers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Equipment must be in good working order before conducting any experiment.
  • Equipment can only be used if the experimenter has appropriate training and may only be used as directed.
  • Experiments that can be left safely unattended for any length of time must be properly identified with a posted sign that notifies the reader of the contact person, cell phone number, and any hazards or considerations of the experiment.
  • Hazardous materials will be used with caution and only with proof of proper training.
  • If an injury occurs in the lab that requires medical attention, call 911 or x8911 immediately. For all incidents, please consult the Laboratory Emergency Notification List for specific notification requirements.
  • All injuries or near misses must be reported to the ET office (738-North) immediately. A report of Safety/Health Hazard and Near Miss form will be completed. Students and visitors will also complete a Student/Visitor Accident Report.

Laboratory Emergency Notification Phone Numbers

  1. In the event of any laboratory safety event, notify:
    1. ET Laboratory Coordinator .............................................713-221-8694
    2. Chief Safety Officer (CSO) - ET Chairperson ...............713-221-5272
    3. ET Office Administrative Secretary ……………….......713-221-8089
    4. Environmental Health & Safety Manager ...........................713-221-8040

  2. In the event of a major laboratory safety event, notify:
    1. ET Laboratory Coordinator ...............................................713-221-8694
    2. ET Chairperson - CSO ...................................................713-221-5272
    3. Environmental Health & Safety Manager ............................713-221-8040
    4. Facilities Management .........................................................713-221-8026
    5. UHD Police .........................................................................713-221-8065
    6. Dean of College of Sciences and Technology ........................713-221-8019
    7. Associate V.P. Academic Affairs ............................................713-221-8099
    8. President of UHD ................................................................713-221-8001

  3. In the event of a major laboratory safety event after hours, notify:
    1. UHD Police ………………………………………..............713-221-8065
    2. 911 (if injury or danger) …………………………................911 (or x9-911)

For non-emergency requests or information, contact the ET Office N738, Phone: 713-221-8089.

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Last updated 5/23/2019 11:05 AM