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David Weindorf
Dean’s Office Coordination

Kelly Lange
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

David Lawver
Department of Agricultural Education and Communications

Kendra Nightingale
Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Alon Kvashny
Department of Landscape Architecture

Mark Wallace
(Chair of Committee)

Department of Natural Resources Management

Robert Wright/Reagan Anders
Department of Plant and Soil Science


David Lawver
(806) 834-8923
CASNR Safety Coordinator


Twelve CASNR laboratories spotlighted in latest Texas Tech EH&S Safety Survey


Lab Safety. This online training course is recommended for all personnel working within research and teaching laboratories at Texas Tech. This class covers the Chemical Hygiene Plan, exposure limits, health hazards, signs and symptoms associated with chemical exposures, material safety data sheets (MSDS), detection methods, PPE, protective clothing, safe work practices and emergency procedures. This class satisfies the requirements of the OSHA Laboratory Safety Standard [29 CFR 1910.1450].

Biological Training. All personnel who will be working in or who will have access to a Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2), Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3), or an Animal Biological Safety Level 2 (ABSL-2) laboratory must receive general training for working in these biosafety level laboratory facilities. This training is based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Guidelines for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). This training covers:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Biomedical Waste
  • General biological safety issues associated with these biosafety level laboratory facilities
  • Different general practices and procedures necessary to prevent a potential exposure to the infectious agents being used in these biosafety level laboratories
  • Information regarding the appropriate disposal of biohazardous waste generated in these biosafety level laboratories.

Hazard Communication. All employees at Texas Tech who are working with Hazardous materials will have to go through the online Hazard Communication training.

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control. This online training course is designed specifically for Texas Tech personnel working around human or primate blood, body fluids, tissues, and human cell lines. It satisfies the OSHA bloodborne pathogen training requirements [29 CFR 1910.1030]. To find the trainings, choose ‘Online Trainings’ on the right hand side under ‘Quick Links.’

Animal Care & Use Training. Animal care training and OHS assessment is required for all animal users associated with animal teaching or research at Texas Tech University. Online training is offered and semester seminars are provided on campus at the Animal and Food Sciences building. Receipt of your score sheet will allow you to start any approved animal research; however you will also be required to attend one generic training. This certification does not expire. Furthermore, it is suggested that each PI offer site-specific training for his or her students.


Data and safety monitoring plans, when required, must:

  • Identify the entity that will monitor the study. Monitoring may be conducted in various ways or by various individuals or groups - depending upon the size and scope of the research effort; it may be performed by the Principal Investigator (PI) or an independent monitoring group
  • Describe the procedures for monitoring study safety; minimizing research-associated risk; protecting the confidentiality of participant data; and identifying, reviewing, and reporting adverse events and unanticipated occurrences.

PIs must submit annual progress reports that:

  • Confirm adherence to the data and safety monitoring planZ
  • Include a summary of any data and safety monitoring issues that occurred since the previous reporting period
  • Describe any changes in the research protocol or the data and safety monitoring plan that may or does affect risk.


All injuries in the laboratory or other work specific site should be recorded including:

  • Name
  • Date
  • Location of injury
  • Summary of injury
  • Witness Signature

An incident should be reported to appropriate officials when a student needs off-site special care, endures extreme pain or experiences contact with an infectious agent. All laboratory facilities at Texas Tech University must follow and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the university's chemical hygiene plan.


BSL1 laboratories work with well-known agents that do not cause disease in immunocompetent adults and do not pose as a hazard to lab personnel and the environment. Work is generally carried out on open lab benches.

Required PPE:

  • Laboratory coat
  • Eyewear (when the potential of splashing is possible)
  • Proper glove wear

Special Practices:

  • None required


BSL2 involves the handling of agents that pose moderate hazards to laboratory personnel and the environment. BSL2 workers must have specific training in the proper handling of pathogenic agents. Also, BSL2 labs have restricted entrance when lab work is conducted and all procedures in which infectious aerosols or splashed may be created are conducted in BSCs or other physical containment equipment.

Required PPE:

  • Properly maintained BSCs
  • Protective lab coats: removed when leaving the lab or entering non-lab areas.
  • Eye and face protection: used during procedures with the potential of splashes.
  • Gloves must be worn to protect exposure to hazardous materials: change gloves as needed, washing hands after glove removal, proper disposal of contaminated gloves.
  • Eye, face and respiratory protection should be worn when in rooms containing infected animals.

Special Practices:

  • Anybody who enters the lab should be advised of potential hazards
  • Lab workers must be provided with medical surveillance, as appropriates, and offered immunizations for agents handled or potentially present in the lab.
  • Special collection and storage of serum samples
  • An approved laboratory-specific biosafety manual must be available
  • Lab supervisors must ensure lab workers demonstrate proper standard and microbiological practices
  • Lab equipment and surfaces should be routinely decontaminated
  • All incidents in which exposure to infectious materials must be immediately evaluated and treated according to the lab biosafey manual
  • Animals and plants not associated with site specific work is not allowed in the laboratory
  • All procedures involving the risk of infectious materials aerosols should be conducted in a BSC.

For more information on infectious agents, biosafety containment levels, emergency procedures, proper decontamination and disposal, biosafety equipment, and shipping of biological materials please refer to the Texas Tech Biosafety Manual.


All projects that involve recombinant DNA and/or human subjects must be registered with the NIH and strictly adhere to the NIH guidelines for research involving recombinant DNA molecules.


Principle Investigator (PI). A Principal Investigator is the primary individual responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of a research grant, cooperative agreement, training or public service project, contract, or other sponsored project in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research. Detailed responsibilities.

Research Aide/ Lab Technician. The role of a lab technician is to support the laboratory procedures, perform the maintenance tasks and conduct research requested by the PI. Lab technicians are responsible for monitoring all the lab supplies and making new orders. The lab technician has to keep track of all records that are related to the lab activities and funding. The lab technician also enforces all required lab trainings. Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing research protocol
  • Collaboration with PI
  • Diagnose and solve system/software problems
  • Provide computational research support
  • Write protocols and safety consents
  • Perform study scheduling
  • Training of lab personnel in experimental techniques
  • Performing research.

Graduate Student. Graduate students execute the project funded by the PI and should maintain a sense of self-directedness, develop a professional identity and collegial/professional network, and uphold a high standard of academic integrity. Furthermore, graduate students should:

  • Seek and follow faculty guidance on scientific and other procedures (e.g., allowable uses of grant funds)
  • Maintain knowledge of and compliance with University procedures and policies related to sponsored research
  • Disclose financial conflicts of interest to the PI
  • Obtain applicable training in and practice responsible conduct of research
  • Obtain applicable IACUC, IRB, IBC, and EHS approvals/training.