At Smith College if you work in a laboratory setting, at a minimum, you must follow these rules:

  • You must have attended a general Lab Safety Training Seminar (offered by our Lab Safety & Compliance Director) AND, if you are a student, have received specific room Lab Safety Information from your own laboratory supervisor. (Note: Students engaged in course-based research do not have to attend a general lab safety seminar). In the case where your work might involve radioactive materials, lasers, recombinant DNA, blood-borne or other hazardous pathogens, you must also attend a specific subject training session(s) offered either by the Lab Safety & Compliance Director or in case of being a student, your laboratory supervisor.
  • You must wear appropriate eye, apparel & shoe protection at all times.
  • You must NOT bring any food or drink into the lab including water bottles.
  • If working alone you must seek approval and follow procedures.
  • You must abide by the appropriate safety rules and protocols regarding handling chemicals and equipment.

The 2012 Chemical Hygiene Plan is our most comprehensive document establishing policies, procedures, and guidelines necessary to comply with regulatory standards as well as provide a safe environment for employees, students, and visitors.

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