Laboratory Safety

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Storm Ready

StormReady is a recognition program started in 1999 by the National Weather Service to help arm America's communities and Universities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property–before and during an event.  StormReady Universities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, awareness efforts and effective warning systems. No University is storm proof, but meeting the StormReady criteria can help save lives.

Lab Safety training is required upon initial hire at ECU and then once every 3 years as a refresher.  Training may be obtained in an open session provided by EH&S at the beginning of each fall semester or online.  If you have a group of 10 or more that need lab safety training or a refresher, a custom training session can be arranged through EH&S.

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is ECU's standard operating procedure for laboratories.  It is a requirement of the OSHA Laboratory Standard and identifies each person's responsibility for lab safety, lists specific standard operating practices and provide emergency information.

Chemical Hygiene Plan (Full Version)As part of the CHP, each laboratory is required to complete and post a Lab Safety Plan and Door Posting/Cover Sheet.  The Cover Sheet identifies who is authorized to work in the laboratory and identifies where documentation and emergency equipment are located.  In addition, the lab must complete a Safety Plan for each set of procedures that are performed.  A copy of the Lab Safety Plan should be emailed to EH&S and placed in the lab's safety manual.  Lab users can download safety plans from the Safety Plan Library and customize them for their own use.