Roles and Responsibilities

Lab Safety Coordinator’s (LSC) are laboratory members who help the Principal Investigator (PI) or Lab Supervisor manage health and safety issues in the laboratory.  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).

The LSC Safety Checklist below should be used as guidance to help the LSC manage and perform these duties.

  • 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 (members, job activities, respond to inspections, etc.) as needed in EHS systems (BioRAFT and RIMS).  In order to gain access to these systems your PI must add you to their profile in both of these systems as a lab safety coordinator.
  • 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
  • Ensure that lab personnel and students complete all required safety trainings in a timely manner.  In order to trigger the required trainings it is imperative that the correct job activities are assigned to laboratory members in BioRAFT.
  • 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