LSC Meeting Archive

Slides and handouts from previous LSC meetings are available here.

Summer 2016

At this meeting Research Safety noted the departure of Research Specialist Thomas Bernatavitz from the CRC campus. Brief PowerPoint presentations specific to each campus were discussed. Bioraft, a new software platform to aid in laboratory safety compliance was presented.  The roll out of the software will be introduced to the BU community in the coming months. The PowerPoint slides and presentations URL are available below.  Please contact your laboratory’s assigned Research Safety Specialist/Department Safety Adviser with any questions.

LSC Summer 2016 Presentation

Introduction to BioRAFT

Spring 2016

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 you laboratory’s assigned Research Safety Specialist/Department Safety Adviser with any questions.

LSC Spring 2016 Presentation

Fall 2015

The meeting presented hands-on training to equip LSC’s 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 and 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.

LSC Fall 2015 Presentation

Template TA – RA Worksheet

Severity Factor – Risk Assessment Charts

Hazard Probability Chart

Vertical Fume Hood Completed

Horizontal Fume Hood Completed

Vertical-Horizontal Fume Hood Completed


Spring 2015

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.

LSC Spring 2015 Presentation

Managing Emergencies Online Training

TIPS for a Successful IACUC Facility Inspection

IACUC Contact Information

Summer 2014

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.

LSC Meeting Summer 2014

CRC Breakout Session

Spring 2014

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

Spring 2011

Handouts from the meeting: Natural Disasters

Summer 2013

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.

LSC Meeting Summer 2013

Hazcom Handout 2013

Training Chart

Winter 2013

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!

LSC Meeting Winter 2013 Video

Job Hazard Analysis Form

Laboratory Ergonomic Survey

Summer 2012

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 on our webpage.  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

Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 session was designed to increase awareness of emergency preparedness for the laboratory. We discussed senarios 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 movent of hazardous materials and chemical containment for animals as well as sustainability and spring cleaning for the laboratory.

Spring 2012- Power point presentation


Microtome Safety Guidelines

Cryostat Safety Guidelines

Lab Sustainability

Fall 2011

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 onboarding 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.

Fall 2011 Presentation

Fire and General Safety Inspection Checklist

Summer 2011 ( BBQ!)

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 enjoyed the BBQ!

Handouts Included:

Spring 2011

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:

Fall 2010

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.

Meeting Feedback and Frequently Asked Questions

Each LSC meeting EHS has asked you for your comments, questions and suggestions. These help create a more beneficial agenda for each meeting and focus on the areas of your concern. While some comments are anonymous, EHS would still like to address these items. If you provided an email address with your comment, question or suggestion your Department Safety Advisor will respond to you personally with the answers.  The comments below in bold and the answers follow in italics.

Was this information and the new resources provided helpful in understanding your role as a laboratory safety coordinator?

Yes. Folders would have been nice. -Red folders were provided at the initial LSC meetings, these were designed to keep all your documents and handouts in one location with the intention that if the responsibility switched hands, hard copies were available of previous topics. Please bring these to each meeting for note keeping and new handouts. Please consult with your Department Safety Advisor (DSA).

A Chemical Segregation Chart would be helpful- A chemical segregation chart was provided by EHS during our previous LSC meeting. It is located on the Lab Training Resources page  of the tool kit, if you would like assistance with chemical segregation contact your Department Safety Advisor.

A more structured orientation would be benificial for new coordinators - During our previous laboratory safety coordinator meeting we discussed the transition between LSC’s information regarding this can be found on New Lab Personnel page of the tool kit. If you are new to the program, contact your DSA for further information that is specific to your laboratory.

Do you have any specific comments, questions or specific topics that may be beneficial to discuss at our next meeting?

An explanation of how to train new hires- The New Lab  Personnel page provides helpful hints, reminders and also a check list to use for your convenience.

Any ideas for inventory management of chemicals in the lab would be helpful- The Research information management system (RIMS) provides a chemical inventory feature. Within the past 2 years EHS has completed a chemical inventory of your laboratory provided with the understanding that inventory management would be kept current by the laboratories. If you are granted secondary access by a Principal Investigator you can alter this inventory as well. Please visit for more information and a tutorial.  Click on your Principal Investigators name for access to your RIMS account.

Efficient ways to drain an eye wash- Eye washes through out the Charles River Campus and Medical campus vary from building to building, floor to floor and in some cases room to room.  For specifics please contact your DSA that is assigned to your laboratory.

Incompatible waste streams- In our previous session we discussed multiple items concerning hazardous waste labeling and storage. Incompatible waste streams can be very specific to the chemicals in use.  For chemical specific information an MSDS sheet will provide information about reactivity, this section will give a basic of what chemicals or types of chemicals that it should be kept away from. Your department safety advisor can assist with laboratory specifics.

Was this information relevant to your role as a laboratory safety coordinator?


“Happy that UV, Laser and Radiation was addressed!”

“Like the hands on “whats wrong with the Chemical Waste?”

“Yes- Good material for my lab!”Presentation