Lab Safety Manual Introduction

In accordance with Kansas State University policy [Laboratory Safety Chapter 3730.030], the Division of Public Safety/Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) publishes safety measures and procedures in the form of the Laboratory Safety Manual.

To improve overall campus and laboratory safety, the President of Kansas State University annually appoints a Campus Environmental Health and Safety Committee. EHS collaborated with this institutional committee, the University Research Compliance Office, and college safety representatives to prepare the 2018 revision of the Laboratory Safety Manual.

This manual describes general standards and provides guidelines that must be followed to prevent laboratory incidents and to comply with applicable regulations and standards of care. The information has been collected from the most current Federal and State regulations and safety best practices. Investigators and staff are expected to use these guidelines as one part of a comprehensive program to avoid injury, adverse health impacts, lost time, and incident or compliance related expense. Students should initiate safe habits and practices that will ensure their safety and take safety awareness into their future workplace. The requirements and recommendations contained in this manual apply to all laboratories at Kansas State University. There may be more stringent program or laboratory-specific requirement that are not identified herein.

Additional requirements for Faculty, Staff and Principal Investigators participating in research or academic pursuits in laboratory settings are directed by the following institutional committees as applicable to the nature of the work performed and/or funding entity or accrediting board expectations and agreements.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

Laser Safety Committee (LSC)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Entity (IRE)

Reactor Safeguards Committee

University Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHSC)