LSC Meeting Archive

Slides and handouts from previous LSC meetings are available here.


At this meeting Research Safety noted the departure of Research Specialist Andrea Voehringer from the CRC campus. A PowerPoint presentation from different research supporting divisions was presented. BioRAFT the new software platform to aid in laboratory safety compliance was demonstrated in more depth. Research Safety addressed chemical spills, while Animal Welfare, Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Management gave updates on their programs. Please contact your laboratory’s assigned Research Safety Specialist with any questions.


At this meeting, Research Safety welcomed Research Specialist Thomas Bernatavitz to the CRC campus and Sr. Research Safety Specialist John Gilmartin to the Med Campus. A brief PowerPoint presentation on General Life Safety issues highlighted some chronic deficiencies found during 2015 laboratory inspections and depicted photos taken in MED and CRC campus laboratories. The PowerPoint and accompanying documentation are available below. Please contact your laboratory’s assigned Research Safety Specialist/Department Safety Adviser with any questions.

See the LSC Spring 2016 Presentation


The meeting presented hands-on training to equip LSCs with tools to prepare training protocols and in-lab training that reflects a safety-first mindset. Through a PowerPoint on Task Analysis (TA) and Risk Assessment (RA) along with group discussion activities, the lesson presented enables an LSC to work smarter, not harder. The PowerPoint and accompanying documentation are available below. Please contact your laboratory’s assigned Research Safety Specialist/Department Safety Advisor with any questions.

Topics include: Risk-Based Inspections, Eye Wash Flushing, High hazard chemical Standard Operating Procedures, IACUC Post Approval Monitoring and Hazardous Waste Management. EHS also introduced new staff and its Facebook page.


Topics include: incidents, managing emergencies, Boston Fire Department inspections, high hazard chemicals, and chemical safety inspections. EHS also took this time to thank those who have been a consistent help to the program and welcome those new to the role of LSC.

Topics include: biological safety inspections, controlled substance policy changes, chemical fumehoods, mechanical hazards, toxic substance control act (TSCA), and preparing your lab for weather emergencies and leaves of absence.

LSC Meeting Spring 2014


This Summer we welcomed new members of EHS: Associate Director Joe Barbercheck and Safety Specialist Andrea Voehringer. We discussed the chemical safety inspection programs and how we can help during the inspections. The Global Harmonization of MSDS sheets to SDS sheets from manufacturers and training requirements by 2014. We thanked the LSCs for their continued effort through out the year to help us build or relationship with Boston Fire Dept and produce great results for our walk through.

Welcome back! With the new spring semester brings new personnel, new LSC, and some new topics. The items that were discussed at this session included: autoclave safety, job hazard analysis (JHA), lab ergonomics and updates to the on-line training. To include all those who could not attend, we even taped a session (check it out below). As always, catch up with your Department Safety Advisors.


Thank you for coming to our ice cream social! Our main focus was an in-depth look how a safety culture works and is developed on all levels. We took a look at how changes come about as a result of a safety culture. The LSC position is instrumental to help implement these changes. We discussed our chemical inspections and asked for your feedback regarding our RIMS system, which will be helpful in future development. As we start the academic year we know there will be changes and we ask that we keep our communication strong. We have developed a near-miss forum. We ask this communication tool be used without fear of repercussion. This tool can assist our training as well as our future follow up to trending incidents.

LSC Meeting Summer 2012

The Spring 2012 session was designed to increase awareness of emergency preparedness for the laboratory. We discussed scenarios that affect biological, chemical, general laboratory safety and proper response and reporting of incidents. We were joined by Sandy Reno from The Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) to update us on current programs that affect the laboratory. Information was provided on new documents discussing the movement of hazardous materials and chemical containment for animals as well as sustainability and spring cleaning for the laboratory.


This session was built to assist the Laboratory Safety Coordinators for the upcoming quarterly safety inspection with a focus on Fire and General Safety and to increase the awareness of the new online training modules. The uses of the LSC Tool kit were demonstrated for items such as on-boarding new personnel and using handouts as communication tools to reduce inspection findings. Next meeting will involve tracking near misses and personal protective equipment designed with hands on approach.

Over the past year, our Laboratory Safety Coordinator program has taken shape and made big strides in increasing the safety culture of Boston University. Our groups with in EHS provide support to the laboratory throughout their daily activities, your role (the LSC) provides us with the communication and personal knowledge of the lab to help us to remain proactive. Our last quarterly meeting was a BBQ and meet and greet with EHS to say thank you to the laboratory safety coordinators who have given their time to create a safe environment in their laboratories and for working closely with all of us in EHS. We hope you got a chance to meet all of our staff and that you enjoyed the BBQ!

Handouts Included:

See the LSC Spring 2011 Slides

The theme of this meeting was Spring Cleaning, with a focus on items about which LSCs indicated they would like more information.

Handouts included:

Handouts from the meeting: Natural Disasters


Laboratory Safety Coordinator Slides This was the first LSC meeting and included an overview of the LSC program and the Office of Research Compliance components.