Log Book Management

The Laboratory Safety Log Books for Chemicals, Biologicals,  and Radiologicals, are a combined program implemented and maintained collaboratively by the Laboratory Safety Coordinator and the assigned Research Safety Specialist.  The Lab Safety Center must be set up in a section of your laboratory accessible to all personnel.  The Log Books are designed to create uniform access, increased awareness, and promote communication of safety-related documents within Boston University and Boston Medical Center research laboratories.  Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain updated hard copies of inventory, inspection results and near misses, along with other critical information listed, in these log books.

Written Lab Safety Center Program

Laboratory Safety Center Program This document outlines what must be maintained in the Laboratory Safety Center, including the Chemical and Biological Log Book contents.

Log Book Use Guide – Bio and Chem This table (also found in written Lab Safety Center Program) provides a quick reference to what must be maintained in the Log Books for your laboratory.

October 2010 Lab Safe Newsletter also includes information on this new program

Chemical Safety Log Book Management

This section will help you find the information and documents you need to maintain your records in the Chemical Safety Log Book

Tab 1: Chemical Inventory Access and update your lab’s Chemical Inventories through RIMS

Tab 2: Personnel and User Certification and Training The Boston University Office of Research Compliance Training Page will direct you toward various trainings you need for your work.  RIMS and the BUMC Training Records Self-Check will allow you to check and print out training record information.  Also visit the tool kit’s New Lab Personnel tab.

Tab 3: Lab Safety Committee Communications Print out email communications, document phone conversations, and place in this section.  Also visit the Lab Safety Committee Site for more information.

Tab 4: Inspection Reports Print out your Inspection Reports and file in this section.  Also visit the BU Laboratory Inspection page for blank checklists and information regarding the BU EHS Laboratory Inspection Program.

Tab 5: Lab Safety Committee Policies Go to the Lab Safety Committe Site.  Click on “Policies and Reports” section to find policies that should be placed in this section (Chemical Hygiene Plan, etc).

Tab 6: EHS Communications Print official email communications and place in this section.  Also file the periodically released Lab Safety Newsletter, along with any safety-related brochures, and pamphlets provided to your laboratory.

Tab 7: Chemical Specific MSDSs can be accessed through the BU Research Safety Chemical Safety Program site .  Also review the Boston University ROHP High Hazard Agent Information Sheets.  MSDSs for any and all chemicals in your laboratory must be filed in this section and updated regularly.

Tab 8: Chemical Waste Records Print and file your Chemical Waste Disposal Requests here

Tab 9: Incident Reports Print and file any incident reports in this section and document any “near misses” that could result in an incident.  Documenting near misses allows us to work together learn from and to improve practices to prevent actual incidents from occurring.   Also visit the BU EHS Emergency Contact and the ROHP Emergency Contact Information sites.

Coming Soon! Boston University High Hazard Agent Exposure Management Protocol

Tab 10: Shipping Chemicals Place copies of shipping papers for chemicals here.  Also visit the EHS Shipping Hazardous Materials page for more information about shipments and training requirements.

Tab 11: Miscellaneous Print and file list of or actual applicable regulations (Federal, State, and Local) here.  Suggested regulations can be found on the Research Safety Resources page, the Lab Safety Committee External Links page, and the ROHP Info for Researchers links

Tab 12: Chemical Fume Hood Records Place copies of fume hood certification reports and maintenance records here

Tab 13: Laboratory Specific Records Print and file any lab-specific SOPs, equipment maintenance records, and Quality Assurance records in this section. Refer to the BU Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) page, which contains a list of  Chemical Handling SOPs generated for use by labs across Boston University.

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Biological Safety Log Book Management

This section will help you find the information and documents you need to maintain your Biological Safety Log Books.

Tab 1: Biological Use Authorization Information regarding the IBC Approval Process and the associated forms can be found on the BU Instutitional Biosafety Committee site.

Tab 2: Personnel and User Certification and Training Print and file training records for all lab personnel here. The Boston University Office of Research Compliance Training Page will direct you toward various trainings you need for your work. RIMS and the BUMC Training Records Self-Check will allow you to access current training record information.  Also visit the tool kit’s New Lab Personnel tab.

Tab 3: IBC Communications Print out email communications, document phone conversations, and place in this section.  Also visit the BU Institutional Biosafety Committee site for more information.

Tab 4: Inspection Reports Print out your Inspection Reports and file in this section.  Also visit the BU Laboratory Inspection page for blank checklists and information regarding the BU EHS Inspection ProgramTab 5: IBC Policies

Tab 6: EHS Communications Print email official email communications and place in this section.  Also file the periodically released Lab Safety Newsletter, along with any safety-related brochures, and pamphlets provided to your laboratory.

Tab 7: Agent Specific Information A variety of Risk Group 1-4 Biological MSDSs for Infectious Substances can be found through the HealthCanada Biological MSDS site; relevant MSDSs can be included in this tab.  Also review and include relevant Boston University ROHP High Hazard Agent Information Sheets.

Tab 8: Autoclave QC Test Records Place the lab-specific Autoclave Use SOP in this section, along with records of maintenance, calibration, QC testing, and daily records of use.  Requirements for this recordkeeping can be found in the Massachusetts Minimum Requirements for the Management of Medical or Biological Waste

Tab 9: Biosafety Cabinet Certifications Place copies of biological safety cabinet certification reports and maintenance records here.

Tab 10: Biological Waste Disposal Print and file your Biological Waste Disposal Requests here.  Also include the Lab Waste Chart 2010 in this section and post in accumulation areas.

Tab 11: Incident Reports Print and file any incident reports in this section and document any “near misses” that could result in an incident.  Documenting near misses allows us to work together learn from and to improve practices to prevent actual incidents from occurring.   Also visit the BU EHS Emergency Contact and the ROHP Emergency Contact Information sites.  Also ensure familiarity among your staff with the Boston University Exposure Control Plan - this plan will guide you through the management of employee exposures to chemical or biological materials in the laboratory. Coming Soon! Boston University High Hazard Agent Exposure Management Protocol

Tab 12: Shipping Records Place copies of shipping papers for biological materials here.  Also visit the EHS Shipping Hazardous Materials page for more information and shipping and training requirements.

Tab 13: Miscellaneous Print and file list of or actual applicable regulations (Federal, State, and Local) here.  Suggested regulations can be found on the Research Safety Resources page, the IBC Resources page, and the ROHP Info for Researchers links

Tab 14: Laboratory Specific Records Print and file any other lab-specific SOPs, equipment maintenance records, and Quality Assurance records in this section.

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