MTZ 2340 Sutter Labs

Lab Safety Rules

  1. No food or beverages in the labs. Not in drawers, not hidden behind books, not in fridges or freezers, not even in the trash! Food may be stored, consumed, and disposed of in the common areas or in the private offices.

  2. Syringe tips and needles must be disposed whole in red sharps boxes. Know needle stick protocol.

  3. No glass trash in normal trash containers. Glass should be disposed of in designated glass waste boxes.

  4. Biohazard and medical waste must be placed in double red bags and sealed. The sealed bags are picked up and disposed of by incineration.

  5. Chemical waste must be labeled and picked up by EHS (after you fax forms) from each lab chemical pickup cabinet. See your supervisor for correct procedure. Know chemical spill protocol.

  6. Radioactive material must be disposed of as outlined by EHS. There must be no trace of liquid in dry waste.

  7. Lab coats are required in BSL2 labs while BSL2-type experiments and/or radioactive work is in progress. It is highly recommended that lab coats/safety glasses/gloves be worn in labs when working with any hazardous material. Remove protective clothing when exiting the main lab into common hallways.

  8. Remove gloves before touching door handles or phones.

  9. No open-toed sandals in labs.

  10. If you handle human tissue or blood, it is recommended that you get the hepatitis vaccination series (3 shots), available at no charge through Employee Health Services. (885-7580).

Additional safety principles

  • Don’t block safety showers/eyewashes. Ensure that floor area under showers is completely clear.

  • Online MSDS can be accessed through the EHS website. Recommend that all lab personnel put a shortcut to on line MSDS on their computer desk top.

  • Lab employees need to complete EHS safety training before starting lab work. EHS classes can be registered at 476-1300 or at the EHS website.

  • Know location of safety equipment in your lab (spill equipment, flashlights, fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, and nearest exit for evacuation). Know designated meeting location for your group after evacuation. (Contact Adele Dow, 514-0272, if you need current information.)

  • Know emergency contact numbers for campus safety as well as building contacts (Call Adele 514-0272 if you do not have building contacts).

  • Overhead fire sprinklers require 24” clearance; remove boxes which might impede radius of sprinkler spray.

UCSF Illness & Injury Prevention Plan