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Laboratory Safety Procedures

Your Departmental Safety Officer Jacalyn.Mccomb@ttu.edu and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) safety@ttu.edu are here to help you achieve success and ensure the safety of your laboratory and those who work in the lab with you.

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• Laboratory Protocols for KSM

Responsibilities of Principal Investigators for Laboratory Safety

• Principal Investigators( PI) who have laboratories must be familiar with the sections in the Laboratory Safety Manual that pertain to their specific lab.

• Principal Investigators (PI's) are responsible for having Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Procedures specific to their lab in their Laboratory Manual. Texas Tech University Environmental and Health (TTU EH&S) have templates that can be used for Emergency Procedures. They also have a template for Chemical SOPs.

• PI's are responsible for making sure that every student who works in the lab has the required training (see https://www.depts.ttu.edu/ehs/Training/index.php).

• The training certificates for all faculty and students who work in their laboratory must be kept in their laboratory training manual.

• Before a laboratory can be used for research, it must be inspected and approved by TTU EH&S. To arrange an inspection, please call TTU EH&S at 742-3876 or email . safety@ttu.edu to set up your safety inspection. Before you arrange this lab inspections, you must have your SOP and you Emergency Procedures for your lab in place. These can be kept in a notebook or on a computer but must be assessable on the hard drive. You can contact Rebecca Maloney who is the Biological Safety Manager at Rebecca.maloney@ttu.edu for your first laboratory safety walk-through. During your lab inspection, it is advised that the PI be available to answer any questions.
TTU EH&S uses the Raider Risk Assessment Management Program (RRAMP) to document and advise PI's of the status of their laboratory safety and approval to begin collecting data in their lab after the initial walk through with EH&S. . Please go to https://www.depts.ttu.edu/ehs/ and click on Academic and Research Safety and it will reveal the RRAMP icon and important information about RRAMP.
If you have any other questions please ask your departmental safety office, Dr. Jacalyn McComb, and she can help direct you to the right person or form to request services from EH&S.

 

Laboratory Safety Survey Check-sheet and other helpful EH&S documents

Laboratory Emergency Procedures 

If you are accidentally stuck with a needle that has been exposed to human blood:

Call Environmental Health and Safety to report the incident at 742-3876 (ask to speak to Jared Martin, Rebecca Maloney or Matt Roe). In addition, call Jacalyn McComb at 834-6306 or Joaquin Gonzales at 834-5944.

If after hours call the TTU Police at 742-3931 or Emergency Maintenance at 742-3301.

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY AND SHOULD BE TREATED SERIOUSLY STUDENTS

• Follow the procedures as outlined in the KSM Laboratory Safety Manual for accidental needle sticks. This manual can be found in the Biochemistry Lab room 116 in the KSM Building

• Go to the Student Wellness Center located at 1003 Flint Ave. on the TTU campus. The phone number is 743-2848.

• Take the TTU POST EXPOSURE PACKET with the form labeled Contaminated Sharps Injury Reporting Form with you. This packet can be found in the Biochemistry Lab, room 121, in the KSM Laboratory Safety Manual on the bookshelves on the east wall when you enter the room.

• When completed send the forms to Environmental Health and Safety at MS 1090, 122 Administrative Support Center (806) 742-3876.

If the Student Wellness Center is closed (open 8 am to 6 pm) go to the nearest emergency room. The UMC Emergency Medical Center's number is 775-8636. It is located at 602 Indiana Avenue. You can also go to Covenant Emergency Center located on 6515 19th Street, their number is 725-4288.

FACULTY OR STAFF

• Follow the procedures listed in the KSM Laboratory Safety Manual in laboratory 116 for accidental needle sticks

• Go to your PCP immediately or to the emergency room if after hours.

• The UMC Emergency Medical Center's number is 775- 8636. It is located at 602 Indiana Avenue.

• You can also go to Covenant Emergency Center located on 6515 19th Street; their number is 725-4288. Take the TTU POST EXPOSURE PACKET with the form labeled Contaminated Sharps Injury Reporting Form with you. This packet can be found in the back of the KSM Laboratory Safety Manual in room 116

• When completed send the forms to Environmental Health and Safety at MS 1090, 122 Administrative Support Center (806) 742-3876.

BIOLOGICAL SPILL OR EXPOSURE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

HEPATITIS B VACCINATIONS

Note: Anyone working in a lab handling animal or human blood must participate in the biological safety training programs at http://www.dept.ehs.ttu.edu/ehs/ehshome/training

REQUIRED PHLEBOTOMY TRAINING TO COLLECT BLOOD IN KSM LABORATORIES

Information about Southwest Phlebotomy Certifications

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