PI General Rights & Responsibilities
There are a number of trainings required for all researchers at UCSB to complete before working in the laboratory. Additionally, there are site and hazard specific trainings required on an as-needed basis. Click the Training Program link below to begin the laboratory safety training process. The Training Needs Assessment Form will direct you to any additional needed training.
Laboratory Safety Review Program
EH&S will visit each lab space at least once per year. The main program through which these visits are conducted is the Laboratory Safety Review Program. If your laboratory handles biological and/or radiological hazards, you will receive independent targeted visits relating to those hazards as well. Laboratory spaces are also subject to inspections by outside agencies such as Cal/OSHA.
Personal Protective Equipment & Hazard Assessment
Each supervisor shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The tool for research Principle Investigators to conduct and document this assessment is called the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool, or LHAT (link below).
Upon completing the Hazard Assessment portion of LHAT, PI’s should invite their group members to log into their LHAT group. These group members will be walked through a process which will ultimately issue them the required PPE at no cost, as well as document its issuance.
Chemical Hygiene & Management
Cal/OSHA requires that all laboratories that use chemicals develop and implement a Chemical Hygiene Plan that describes the measures taken to protect researchers from these hazards. This plan must include Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) that describe how chemical hazards are handled in your laboratory. More information on this and other chemical management issues are in the links below.
The biological safety program facilitates regulatory compliance for principal investigators conducting research with potentially infectious materials, toxins and certain recombinant DNA strategies. The campus biosafety officer oversees the program and coordinates the activities of the university’s biosafety committee. For more information go to:
The Radiation Safety Program provides services to the campus community to assure safety and compliance with applicable campus policy and governmental regulations related to: Radioactive materials, Radiation Producing Machines, Lasers and Magnets. For more information, go to:
The Controlled Substances Program (CSP) provides researchers with services related to compliance with UC Policy Bus-50 and all Federal, State and Local regulations relating to research activities that involve dangerous drugs including controlled substances, listed and/or precursor chemicals, and dangerous devices. For more information, go to:
Animal Care and Use
The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), recognizes the scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use of animals involved in research and education and enjoins all individuals involved to the highest standards of animal care and consideration. UCSB has established an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is qualified through the experience and expertise of its members to oversee the institution's animal care and use program, facilities, and procedures. For more information, go to:
Field, Dive & Boat Safety
Not all research occurs in the laboratory! For those of you involved in research that takes you out in the field, we have programs designed to keep your researchers safe and your trips productive.