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 Check list as guidance to help keep track!
  • 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
  • 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