Principal Investigators

EHS understands that Principal Investigators have numerous obligations.  This page is designed as a checklist to keep your lab current with safety standards.

  • Laboratory personnel—Update LHAT every time a lab worker joins or leaves your lab.   Once added, the lab worker can then access the LHAT to print a voucher for PPE.
  • Personal protective equipment—All lab workers must use appropriate personal protective equipment at all times. 
  • Safety documentation—Keep a current copy of the Lab Safety Plan and Lab Safety Plan Supplement in the lab.  Electronic copies are fine.
  • Training—Principal investigators are required to establish that all of their laboratory workers have received appropriate lab-specific safety training and have also taken the required courses through EH&S.  All new workers must complete lab safety fundamentals, fire safety, and DOT awareness (available online)
  • Standard operating procedures—Laboratory procedures that use potentially hazardous substances require written standard operating procedures which must be reviewed and signed by laboratory workers. 
  • Chemical inventories—Principal investigators are responsible for maintaining accurate inventories of the chemicals in their laboratories and must certify the accuracy of these inventories on an annual basis, due September 30 each year.
  • Additional requirements—Depending on the nature of the research, principal investigators may also be subject to additional compliance requirements involving  ​

                   biohazards

                   carcinogens,

                   controlled substances

                   laser safety,  

                   field safety

                   radiation hazards  

                   waste.