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Laboratory Safety Procedures

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

College of Arts & Sciences Safety Web Page 

Responsibilities of Prinicipal Investigators for Laboratory Safety

Prinicipal Investigaors( PI) who have laboratories must be familiar with the sections in the Laboratory Safety Manual https://www.ehs.ttu.edu/ehs/ehshome?aspxerrorpath=/ehs/EHSHome/contnet/docs/CHP-5.19.15.pdf (https://www.ehs.ttu.edu/ehs/ehshome/docs/Lab%20Safety%20Manual_MAY2018_1.pdf) that pertain to their specific lab.

• PI's are responsible for having Standard Operating Procedures and Emergency Procedures specific to their lab in their Laboratory Manual. Texas Tech Uniiversity Environmental and Health( TTU EH&S) have templates that can be used for these procedures ( click on templates)
• PI's are responsible for making sure that every student who works in the lab has the required training (https://www.ehs.ttu.edu/ehs/ehshome/docs/Safety%20Training%20Acknowledgement%20Form%205-4-16.pdf).
• The training certificates for all faculty and students who work in their laboratory must be kept in their laboratry training manual.

Before a laboratory can be used for research , it must be inspected and approved by EH&S (https://www.ehs.ttu.edu/ehs/ehshome). Please contact EH&S (https://www.ehs.ttu.edu/ehs/ehshome) prior to beginning research in your lab. It is also avised that the PI be available during the laboratory safety inspection to answer any questions.

If you have any other questions please ask your departmental safety office, Dr. Jacalyn McComb, and she can help you.

Your labortory safety officer and EH&S are here to help you achieve success and ensure the safety of your laboratory and those who work in it and with you

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

Laboratory Emergency Procedures 

If you are accidently 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 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 121 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 book shelves 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 121 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 on the book shelves in the biochemistry laboratory, room 121.
  • 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

REQUIRED PHLEBOTOMY TRAINING TO COLLECT BLOOD IN KSM LABORATORIES

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

  • Address

    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone

    806.742.3371