Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab


Lab Safety

This page serves as a summary of what EH&S expects of the BDML.

Questions? contact:

  • Lab Safety Coordinator, Tae myung Huh at
  • EH&S representative Jennifer Mattler at

1.  New Lab Members Training

New lab members should go through the "Lab specific training" from Lab Safety Coordinator. Please contact with Lab Safety Coordinator for details.

2.  Quarterly tasks (due March 11, 2016)

2.1  Self-inspection

Check lab compliance as per the Laboratory Inspection Checklist. Completed checklist must be stored in the Lab Safety Binder in lab. These records must be maintained for >THREE YEARS. If lab is non-compliant, address issue immediately, and see Lab Safety spreadsheet for relevant contact person.

2.2  First Aid upkeep

Check first aid kit (by conference room) and order replacements (see checklist).

  • Chemical cabinet upkeep: ensure that...
* all materials are stored in a secondary container
* all containers have names
* expired chemicals are discarded
* containers are kept closed when not in use
* incompatible materials are properly segregated (see chart on chemical cabinet)

2.3  Hazardous waste management

Jennifer Mattler is bringing us waste bins this week. Ensure that the following bins have a waste tag (get them here) and that people use them. After 9 months from accumulation date (written on tag) or if bin is full, request pickup here.

* Solder bin: put all solder waste in ziploc bags and keep in bin.
* Sharps bins: located by sink. Label with contents (chemical waste, etc.)
* Chemical waste bin: use for disposal of all chemical waste. If you wipe up a chemical with a tissue, that's chemical waste. Glue also counts until it hardens completely.

3.  Annual tasks (due March 11, 2016)

  • Chemical Inventory: Update ChemTracker with the maximum amount of any chemicals currently used in lab. Contact Jennifer Mattler for further instructions on how to use ChemTracker.

Go to the search tab-> owners tab-> type in Cutkosky -> search Then details tab at the bottom to edit! Add use the tab Mark already generated to add new chemicals!

  • Life Safety Box: Print off a new copy of the Chemical Storage Map and the Emergency Contact Sheet, update to new information, date them, and put them in box. Box is located outside lab, to left of entrance, wall-mounted.

4.  Other tasks (do as needed)

  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): SOPs are sets of written instructions that describe how to perform a laboratory process or experiment safely and effectively. If a task or process strikes you as dangerous, it is your responsibility to write a SOP. Laboratory personnel working autonomously or performing independent research are responsible for developing SOPs appropriate for their own work. Jennifer Mattler can assist. The PI will approve all SOPs once written. Completed SOPs are emailed to the Lab Safety Coordinator and printed out and placed in the Lab Safety Binder in lab.
  • Building management: contact Jaime Eredia at regarding any building issues
  • Incident Reporting: in the event of a lab injury or near-miss please submit an Incident Investigation Report (SU-17). This helps keep EH&S informed, will NOT negatively affect you or our lab, and helps avoid future similar events.

5.  PI tasks (highly recommended)

  • Develop/revise Lab-Specific Training. See "Tips on Lab-Specific Training". This training should identify the hazards and describe what students should do in the event of an emergency. See "Examples of Hazards".
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): discuss with students what processes warrant a SOP. The PI is responsible for providing written SOPs relevant to health and safety for laboratory activities he/she directs involving hazardous chemicals.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): determine what PPE is required when and ensure students know its limitations, proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal. See "Examples of PPE" and "PPE training guidance" .
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