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Laboratory Safety Program

COVID-19 Laboratory Guidance
COVID-19 Laboratory Guidance Guidance to assist laboratory personnel with preparations for bringing their research laboratory back online after the shutdown and implementing procedures for the safe continuity of teaching laboratories in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Revision Date: 1/13/2021
SOP Template: Resuming Research Operations A template SOP to assist the laboratory supervisor in developing and documenting laboratory procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Laboratory personnel should review and sign the lab specific SOP to attest that they understand the procedures in place.
Revision Date: 5/12/2020


Laboratory Safety Program

The Laboratory Safety Program at WCU is designed to minimize the risk of injury or illness by providing support to personnel through safety training programs and guidance documents for safe lab practices. The Principal Investigator or Lab Supervisor has a responsibility to ensure that the personnel working in his or her lab are properly informed and trained to work effectively and safely in the laboratory.  The information and documents available below identify the requirements for each laboratory and will ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations. 


Laboratory Safety Resource Links

OSHA Lab Standard 29 CFR 1910.1450
CDC Biosafety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
NIH (National Institutes of Health)
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
CAMEO Chemicals
OSHR Workplace Safety (NC Office of State Human Resources)
Laboratory Safety Rules Agreement

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