from a variety of groups and institutions use laboratory facilities at the
White Mountain Research Center (WMRC). All individuals using WMRC laboratory
facilities must adhere to the following instructions, prior to initiating
work at any WMRC facility:
safety at WMRC must comply with requirements of University of California, Los Angeles Environment, Health and Safety Office (EH&S), including any
approvals needed. In
certain cases appropriate approvals from the researchers' home institution may be needed as well.
all lab workers:
Read this Lab Safety
Review and complete the WMRC
Lab Safety Orientation Checklist.
Check with staff if you have any questions. List students, research associates
and assistants receiving training/orientation, and sign checklist, signifying
that orientation/training has been completed.
Provide, in advance, a list of chemicals
and other potentially hazardous materials that will be brought to WMRC.
At a minimum, MSDS information sheets must be provided for all hazardous
chemicals. This can be done on-line, using one of the MSDS databases. The web page http://hazard.com/msds/index.php provides a listing of many of these sheets. You need to know the name of
the chemical (for example "ethanol") in order to retrieve MSDS's,
and it helps if you know the manufacturer. The comprehensive UCSD "chemquick"
resource is available at www.ucmsds.com ; if you are asked for an account
and password, type "ucsd_user" and "ucsd".
If a researcher is working with particularly
hazardous materials, written operating procedures must be provided well
in advance of their visit. These include carcinogens, reproductive
toxins and substances which have a high degree of acute toxicity. This information can be found on MSDS and other sources of safety
Provide the WMRC manager with a written plan for
storing, handling, and disposing of all hazardous materials, containers,
needles, animal carcasses, and associated items. Users are expected to provide all necessary
and properly labeled containers, and arrange for appropriate disposal. WMRC
staff is available to consult on options for handling and disposal and may
be able to arrange for removal of material if consulted in a timely manner.
Provide the WMRC manager with a list of
precautions that any person entering a laboratory space being used by the
project might encounter, and create signage as appropriate.
All spills, improper disposals, contact
with hazardous materials, and associated accidents must be immediately reported to the WMRC manager or other available WMRC staff. Note: the Manis Lab contains
a spill kit for dealing with small spills, but reporting is still important.
Hazardous Materials and Users of Laboratory Chemicals
WMRC staff if youi will be using laboratory chemicals or other hazardous