- SJSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) webpage
- CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories [PDF]
- NIH Exposure Control Plan [PDF]
Chemical & Laboratory Safety
- Chemical Hygiene Plan [PDF] updated 5/6/2021
- Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Safety Guidance [PDF]
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
SOPs are an integral part of a research laboratory's safety control plan. EH&S has developed a SOP Guidance Document [PDF] to help research laboratories identify chemicals in their inventory that require an SOP.
Chemicals that fall into one of the below hazard classes must have an established SOP by December 31, 2021. The below documents are SOP templates for each of the required hazard classes and lists of chemicals in excel that fall into each hazard class.
- Acutely Toxic Solids and Liquids [DOCX] and Acutely Toxic Solids and Liquids Chemical List [XLSX]
- Carcinogens [DOCX] and Carcinogenic Chemical List [XLSX]
- Hydrofluoric Acid [DOCX]
- Pyrophorics [DOCX] and Pyrophoric Chemical List [XLSX]
- Reproductive Toxins [DOCX] and Reproductive Toxins Chemical List [XLSX]
The SOP Guidance Document, along with the templates linked above, provide a definition of the hazard class and provide resources to identify chemicals using an existing inventory. A blank SOP template [DOCX] is also available for use. Examples of completed SOPs are available to aid development of laboratory-specific SOPs:
- Hydrofluoric Acid Example SOP [DOCX]: in this case, a single reaction-specific SOP
- Pyrophorics Example SOP [DOCX]: a broader hazard-class SOP that covers many pyrophoric materials
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released Experimenting With Danger [video] in response to three serious laboratory accidents that occurred at academic institutions. The CSB encourages all universities to study the key lessons from the video and to make every effort to provide safe working environments in their labs.
- University of Hawaii Lab Explosion
In March 2016, a flammable gas mixture explodes in a lab and seriously injures one person.
Requests for the use of new chemicals in research are reviewed by the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer to ensure that we have adequate facilities and engineering controls to support the safe use of that chemical. To request a new research chemical, please fill out the Hazardous Materials Request Form and submit it to the purchase request mailbox for review: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SJSU Hazard Communication Program [PDF]
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Online
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Hazard Assessments and Inspections
Environmental Health & Safety has implemented a set of tools designed to improve safety and facilitate regulatory compliance in laboratories across campus.
The software includes two integrated modules:
- Assessment: This tool allows Principal Investigators (PIs) to conduct hazard assessments relevant to their research environment and determines the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that should be used to ensure safety in the lab.
- Inspect: A flexible, customizable tool that manages the scheduling, completion and long-term tracking of safety inspections. It is available for phones, tablets and desktops. To get started with Inspect, click here to view the Getting Started Guide [PDF].
Risk and Safety Solutionsdeveloped Assessment and Inspect as part of its suite of risk management and safety tools for the University of California. The software has been used extensively throughout UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers. The CSU has partnered with the UC to extend this software to all 23 campuses in the CSU system.
In September 2018, on site training was provided to instructional support staff who will work to help implement this system campuswide. Additional training materials are provided below.
- Assessment: Overview
- Assessment: Creating a Group
- Assessment: Performing an Assessment
- Assessment: Acknowledge and Assessment
- Inspect: Starting an Inspection on a Mobile Device
- Inspect: Creating Findings on a Mobile Device
- Inspect: Saving Inspections on a Mobile Device
- Inspect: Uploading Inspection Reports from a Mobile Device
- Responsible Person Tutorials