General Lab Safety

General laboratory safety programs apply across many, if not all, campus laboratories. They are developed to ensure the health and safety of all University Faculty, staff and students to whom the progam applies and to ensure compliance with relevant legislation. They also serve to set out the University's requirements for a specific program area and to support education and training.

General lab safety programs are developed with input from safety committee members, lab users, supervisors, Facilities stakeholders and subject matter experts. They cover broad subjects such as:

  1. Laboratory and Equipment decommissioning - what to do when vacating a lab, moving or renovating a lab or piece of equipment
  2. Door Signage - how to communicate laboratory hazards and provide emergency contact information
  3. Spill Response - step by step guidance for response to laboratory spills
  4. Tranportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) - information on training and certification requirements for shipping, receiving or transporting dangerous goods
  5. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (2015) - information and resources about the new WHMIS requirements
  6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Laboratory - information and guidelines to aid in the proper selection of PPE when working in a laboratory.