How do I set up a new lab?

Note: Your department's Department Safety Coordinator may have their own practices and guidelines.  It is strongly suggested that you contact them for guidance.

  1. Email ehs@berkeley.edu to have your new lab set up in our database.
  2. Populate your lab roster with the Labs @ Berkeley (L@B) roster tool and designate at least one Laboratory Safety Contact (LSC).   You may specify yourself as the LSC, but it is strongly recommended that you choose an additional lab member as well in case you are unavailable.
  3. Go into the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) and fill out a hazard assessment.
  4. Find out what trainings you are required to take.

If your lab uses chemicals

  1. You and all members of your lab must take spill response and Hazardous Waste Program (HWP) training.  Spill response can be done online through the UC Learning Center. You will be prompted to take the HWP training the first time that you log in.
  2. Set up chemical inventory.
  3. Print and post door signs.
  4. Complete, review, and sign your chemical hygiene plan.
  5. Generate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  6. Make sure that you have a chartstring for requesting waste disposal.  Talk to your department's financial coordinator if you are unsure of what this means.
  7. Fume hoods.

If your lab does animal research 

  1. Submit an Animal Use Protocol to the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC).

If your lab uses blood-borne pathogens, recombinant DNA, or transgenic animals

  1. Request a Biological Use Authorization (BUA).
  2. Enroll to take EHS 203: PI Responsibilities using the UC Learning Center.

If your lab works with Radioactive Materials or Radiation-Producing Machines

  1. Request a Radiation Use Authorization (RUA).

If you will be using Lasers or Non-Ionizing Radiation Sources

  1. Submit a Laser Use Registration (LUA).
  2. Enroll in the class "EHS 301 - Initial Laser Safety" using the UC Learning Center.

If your lab will be doing research using Controlled Substances

  1. Request authorization to use Controlled Substances.
  2. Get a background check.

If your lab will be doing research using human subjects

  1. Contact the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS).

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