Labs At Berkeley (L@B)

Labs At Berkeley (L@B) is a web application, created by Berkeley EH&S, that allows any campus laboratory member to view and edit information about researchers in their lab. 

Getting started with L@B

Log into L@B using your CalNet ID and you will see your lab’s roster. If you belong to more than one lab, select the name of the lab you wish to view or update from the pull-down list in the upper left corner of the page. To add or remove members, review the instructions below.

Updating the Lab Roster

Keeping a lab roster up to date, with all current members and roles, is important for several reasons:

  • Getting the right protective equipment. Adding a member in L@B also adds them to the lab’s hazard assessment (LHAT), which researchers must certify before they can obtain lab coats and other PPE. See our PPE page for more information.
  • Emails from EH&S. EH&S sends out important safety information periodically, when requirements change, and when incidents occur here at Berkeley or on other campuses. We try to keep these messages relevant to the work that you do by using the designated roles in L@B.
  • Training notifications. Certain training courses are required for all laboratory researchers, and other courses are required for working with specific hazards. For some of the commonly required trainings, EH&S sends notifications when your training needs to be updated.

How Do I:

Add a member to a lab roster?

Any member of the lab may add another member to the roster at any time. Go to Labs At Berkeley (L@B), and log in with your CalNet credentials. The roster for your lab will appear. If you're in more than one lab, you may see a pull-down list.

  1. After logging into L@B, click on the button labeled Add new members.
  2. A small window will pop up. Enter the name of the person you wish to add (last name, first name) to search for that person’s CalNet record.
  1. When their name appears, click the icon next to it with a ‘+’ symbol. 
    NOTE: If the search results show No CalNet Directory entries matched your search query, then the person has not been added to CalNet. The human resources representative for your department will need to put in a request to have the lab member added to CalNet before they can be added to the lab roster.
  1. Another window will appear and ask you to confirm that you are adding that person to the lab roster. Click OK.
  2. The new member is now added to the lab roster. You may now designate the new member with their safety roles, as appropriate (LSC, member, administrative, etc.).
  3. Click the button at the top of the page labeled Click here if lab roster is current.

Remove a member from a lab roster?

Any member of the lab may remove another lab member from the roster at any time. Go to Labs At Berkeley (L@B), and log in with your CalNet credentials. The roster for your lab will appear. If you're in more than one lab, you may see a pull-down list.

  1. After logging into L@B, locate the name of the member that you wish to remove from the lab roster.
  2. Click on the trash can icon to the left of their name.
  3. Another window will appear and ask you to confirm that you are removing that person from the lab roster. Click OK.
  4. Click the button at the top of the page labeled Click here if lab roster is current.

Designate roles in my lab roster?

Any member of the lab may update the roles of other members who are currently listed in the roster.

After logging into L@B, locate the name of the member whose role(s) you wish to update. Click on the icon in the Role column.

Select the appropriate role from the drop-down. Select Emergency Contact if this person will serve as the lab's emergency contact.

Click the Done button at the bottom of the list.

Click the button at the top of the page labeled Click here if lab roster is current.

Roles in L@B

There are several key roles that are tracked by EH&S using the roster in Labs At Berkeley (L@B). They are used to generate lists for lab safety emails, to include people in automated training notifications, and for reference in case of an emergency or incident. The roles described below can be updated by anyone who is currently listed in a lab’s roster.

General Lab Safety Roles in L@B

No Benchwork

Researchers who work in a laboratory where hazardous materials are present, but who do not perform any benchwork themselves, should be marked as No Benchwork. This includes those who perform computational work in the same space where others perform wet lab work, as well as those who, for example, only wash glassware.

Those marked as No Benchwork are not required to take EHS 101: UC Fundamentals of Lab Safety, though they may be required to take alternative safety training.

Emergency Contact

The person marked as Emergency Contact for a lab should be available after hours for contact by first responders (police, paramedics, firefighters) in the event of a break-in, injury, or other incident.

Lab Safety Coordinator

The lab safety coordinator (LSC) is typically selected by a lab’s principal investigator, and serves a critical role with regards to lab safety. In many cases, the LSC is also the lab manager, though not always. LSCs serve as delegates for the principal investigator for many safety programs and applications including Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) and Inspect.

  • Anyone marked as an LSC in L@B is automatically marked with the ‘delegate’ role in LHAT.
  • The LSC serves as the primary contact for EH&S regarding lab safety, and is included in safety emails and scheduling safety inspections. A lab can have more than one LSC.

Contact EH&S lab safety program staff at labsafety@berkeley.edu with questions regarding these roles, and any other lab safety issues.

Biosafety Roles in L@B

On BUA

All faculty and researchers who are listed on a biological use authorization for the lab should be marked in the roster as On BUA. Those who are marked as On BUA will also receive automated emails to remind them when their biosafety training is approaching, or has reached, expiration.

Works with Bloodborne Pathogens

All faculty and researchers who work with human blood, human cells, or human cell lines should be marked in the roster as Works with Bloodborne Pathogens.

See the biosafety page, or contact EH&S biosafety program staff at bso@berkeley.edu for more information about BUAs and work with biological hazards.

Mark my lab roster current?

Marking a lab roster as current records the date when someone in the lab reviewed or updated the list of lab members and their designated roles.

Lab rosters should be marked current whenever members are added or removed, roles are changed, and at least once per year if no changes have been made.

After logging into L@B, and selecting the lab you want to work with, click the button marked Click here if lab roster is current in the upper-left corner of the page.

Add rooms to a lab or view rooms?

Any member of the lab may view the list of rooms occupied by their lab and add rooms to that list. Go to Labs At Berkeley (L@B), and log in with your CalNet credentials. The lab roster for your lab will appear. If you’re in more than one lab, you may see a pull-down list.

  1. After logging into L@B, click on the Rooms tab at the top of the page.
  2. A list of the rooms currently in your lab will appear. If any rooms are missing, click the Add New Lab Room button below this list.
  3. A small window will pop up. Use the pull-down list to select the building of the room you wish to add.
  4. A second pull-down list will appear. Use it to select the room number that you wish to add.
  5. Once you have chosen the building and room number you wish to add, click the Save button.
  6. The new room is now added to your list of lab rooms.

Remove rooms from a lab?

Any member of the lab may view the list of rooms occupied by their lab and add rooms to that list. Go to Labs At Berkeley (L@B), and log in with your CalNet credentials. The lab roster for your lab will appear. If you’re in more than one lab, you may see a pull-down list.

  1. After logging into L@B, click on the Rooms tab at the top of the page.
  2. A list of the rooms currently in your lab will appear. To remove a lab room, click on the trash can icon to the left of that room.
  3. A window will appear and ask you to confirm that you are removing that room from the lab. Click OK.
  4. The selected room is now removed from your lab.