Roles and Responsibilities

Building Bridges

Each laboratory has an appointed LSC, who plays a critical role to help ensure that science is safely conducted within each laboratory. While the responsibilities outlined below are significant, so are the benefits to the LSC, the lab personnel, and the university. Through you, the LSC, together we can build stronger and better communications, programs, and services that benefit both science and safety.

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As the LSC, you are:

  • Designated by the Principal Investigator (PI) to assist and oversee that safety practices are implemented in the lab’s daily operations
  • Authorized to represent the PI in matters related to the implementation of laboratory and worker safety
  • Serve as the primary laboratory contact with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for issues related to safety (i.e. biological, chemical, fire, general safety, controlled substances, etc)

This means that you:

  • Help ensure a safe working environment. Use this LSC Safety Checklist as guidance to help keep track!


Ensuring tasks are completed on a regular basis increases working knowledge of equipment, protocols and good laboratory practices. Through a proactive approach to laboratory safety and compliance we can reduce our inspection findings and increase our communication and safety awareness. You can assist EHS, and EHS can assist you! Contact your Department Safety advisor for more information.
Items to ensure weekly:
Weekly items can be shared or delegated in the laboratory. By creating job rotations we can increase our safety awareness and culture.

  • Flush eye washes and clear from obstructions
  • Inspect Satellite Accumulation Area
  • Inspect laboratory equipment and PPE for signs of damage or wear
  • Has EHS put out any information that should be passed to your lab, emails or handouts?
  • Have you added new chemicals? Update the inventory on RIMS
  • Any safety items or concerns this week? Bring them to the attention of your Department Safety advisor
  • Incidents, near misses or spills? Report them in the near miss section of your binder

Items to ensure quarterly:
Quarterly items will require secondary access to RIMS (www.bu.edu/rims) from your Principal Investigator, or direct contact with your Department Safety Advisor.

  • Have new personnel entered the laboratory?
  • Refer to new member check list
  • Update Chemical and/or Biological Safety Log books to reflect changes
  • Ensure contents of your laboratory Safety Tool Kit, and ease of location
  • Have your fire extinguisher been checked monthly?
  • Has or will the scope of work change? Does this affects and protocols?
  • Have you had a safety inspection? Have all the items been closed out?
  • Attend the Laboratory Safety Coordinator meeting

Items to ensure annually:
Annual Items may require additional assistance from your Principal Investigator, Department Safety Advisor, and RIMS access,

  • All members have completed their annual safety refreshers
  • Has your fire extinguisher been inspected or changed annually by facilities?
  • Chemical Fume Hoods- Tested by EHS annually
  • Biological Safety Cabinets- Tested by an outside contractor
  • General Maintenance of laboratory equipment- some equipment may require annual services from manufacturers.
  • Any medical clearances- Respiratory protection, screenings, or evaluations contact ROHP-414-7647

Helpful hints:
– LSC Tool Kit – Hand outs and posters that may assist with tasks!
– Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Delegate tasks when needed.

If you have questions contact your laboratory’s assigned Research Safety Specialist or Environmental Health & Safety.

Environmental Health & Safety
Charles River Campus: 353-4094
Medical Campus: 638-8830

  • Take positive actions to help reduce the potential for accidents and incidents associated with laboratory operations
  • Inform laboratory personnel and/or students of the safety hazards associated with their work
  • Update information as needed to the Research Information Management System (RIMS) to gain access to your laboratories account you must be set up as a secondary user in RIMS, ask your PI to provide access. Once you do have access you will be able to visit your labs account by clicking on your Principal Investigators name after the login page
  • Instruct all laboratory personnel and students in safe work methods (see the tool kit’s Lab Resources)
  • Report all accidents, near misses, and safety concerns to the PI and EHS oehs@bu.edu
  • Ensure that appropriate BU Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are established and lab personnel and students are appropriately trained and follow them
  • Work with EHS to determine best safe practices and procedures
  • Work with EHS to ensure that lab personnel and students complete all required safety trainings in a timely manner
  • Ensure that all deficiencies identified by EHS or outside regulatory inspectors are addressed and corrected within the time required
  • Participate in the incident review process
  • Stop operations that are in clear violation of the safety requirements, approved SOPs, or may potentially result in injuries or potential exposures