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Training Principal Investigators . Robin Izzo Assistant Director Princeton University EHS. An Unfortunate Truth. Researchers need to know a lot about a few things. They go around learning more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing

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training principal investigators

Training Principal Investigators

Robin Izzo

Assistant Director

Princeton University EHS

an unfortunate truth
An Unfortunate Truth
  • Researchers need to know a lot about a few things. They go around learning more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing
  • Administrators need to know a little about a lot of things. They go around learning less and less about more and more until they know nothing about anything.
  • Safety professionals start out knowing everything about everything and end up knowing nothing about anything because they have to deal with researchers and administrators.
  • A Princeton Profile
  • The Challenge
  • Lab Supervisor “Briefing”
  • Laboratory Profiling
princeton s lab profile
Princeton’s Lab Profile
  • 12 Science and Engineering Departments
  • Population
    • 4600 undergraduates
    • 2000 graduate students
    • 1100 faculty
    • 11,500 staff (5500 FTE)
  • >100 Principal Investigators
  • ~500 Laboratories
  • Summer institutes
the challenge
The Challenge
  • Conducted comprehensive health and safety program reviews for all science and engineering departments in 1999-2000
  • State of the Laboratory report to president
  • Some problems with Laboratory Safety Training attendance
the policy
The Policy
  • University Research Board
  • Recognize role of PIs as supervisors
  • Established new training program
  • University Laboratory Safety Training Policy
    • Lab Supervisor Briefing
    • Laboratory Safety Training
    • Periodic Refresher Training
pi as supervisor
PI as Supervisor
  • Laboratory Standard
    • From non-mandatory Appendix B, Section B
      • 4. Laboratory supervisor, who has overall responsibility for chemical hygiene in the laboratory including responsibility to
      • (a) Ensure that workers know and follow the chemical hygiene rules, that protective equipment is available and in working order, and that appropriate training has been provided
      • (b) Provide regular, formal chemical hygiene and housekeeping inspections including routine inspections of emergency equipment;
      • (c) Know the current legal requirements concerning regulated substances;
      • (d) Determine the required levels of protective apparel and equipment; and
      • (e) Ensure that facilities and training for use of any material being ordered are adequate.
chemical hygiene plan
Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Responsibility of Principal Investigator
    • Ensure laboratory workers attend general lab safety training given by EHS.
    • Ensure laboratory workers understand how to work with chemicals safely. Provide chemical and procedure-specific training, as needed.
    • Provide laboratory workers with appropriate engineering controls and personal protective equipment needed to work safely with hazardous materials. Ensure such equipment is used correctly.
    • Ensure laboratory workers complete and submit Particularly Hazardous Substance Use Approval forms and submit them for approval before using any particularly hazardous substance.
    • Review and approve work with particularly hazardous substances.
  • University and EHS has expectations of PIs
  • Laboratory Safety Training focuses on lab worker, rather than lab supervisor
  • Approval processes for biological and radiological work, but not chemical
  • Communication of expectations is not adequate
lab supervisor briefing
Lab Supervisor Briefing
  • Briefing vs. Training
  • Meet individually with incoming PIs
    • Notification process through Provost office
    • ASAP, preferably before their lab is set up
    • Approximately 5 per year, usually by me
  • Non-responsive PIs
    • Warning first, then report to URB
    • Has never happened
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Lab Supervisor Briefing
  • Approximately 1 hour
  • Serves many purposes
    • Lab design review, as needed
    • Supervisory training
    • Introduce EHS and EHS resources
    • Profile lab and learn about proposed research
    • Sets an example for the Princeton University laboratory culture
briefing agenda
Briefing Agenda
  • Introduction
    • Letter from University president
  • Introduction to EHS
    • Organizational chart
    • Web page mini-tour
    • Services
    • Consultation
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Briefing Agenda
  • Training Policy
  • Training Matrix
    • by Department
  • Responsibility for ensuring attendance
  • In-lab Training
  • Attendance Database
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Briefing Agenda
  • Emergency Procedures
    • Evacuation
    • Eyewashes and Safety Showers
      • Flushing, maintenance
    • Preparedness
      • Spill control materials
      • Special materials (e.g., calcium gluconate gel)
      • Fire extinguishers
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Briefing Agenda
  • Emergency Procedures Booklet
  • Emergency Information Posters
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Briefing Agenda
  • Laboratory Standard
    • Chemical Hygiene Plans
    • Chemical Hygiene Officers
    • SOPs
    • Prior Approval Procedures
      • Particularly Hazardous Substances
    • Documentation
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Briefing Agenda
  • University Policies and Procedures
    • Select Agents
    • Laboratory Security
    • Funding for Safety
    • Regulatory Fines
    • Minors in the Laboratory
    • Regulatory or Law Enforcement Agency Visits
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Briefing Agenda
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Selection
    • Funding
    • Choices
  • Fume Hoods and Lab Ventilation
    • Maintenance
    • Testing Schedule and Procedure
    • Ratings
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Briefing Agenda
  • Inspections
    • General Laboratory
    • Lasers
    • Radioactive Materials
    • Chemical Waste
    • Self-Audit Checklists
briefing agenda20
Briefing Agenda
  • University Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
  • Pollution Prevention
    • Waste Minimization
    • Conservation
    • Incentives
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Briefing Agenda
  • Chemical Waste Disposal
    • Procedures
    • Minimization
    • Drain Disposal
    • Surplus Chemicals
    • Regular Waste Streams
    • Inspection Recommendations
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Briefing Agenda
  • Shipping Hazardous Materials
  • Lab Risk Assessment
    • High Value Materials
    • Mission-Critical Equipment
    • Potential for Use/Abuse by Terrorists
  • Power Supply and Outages
    • Cogen Plant
    • Generators
    • UPS
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Briefing Agenda
  • Experimental Review
    • High/Unusual Hazard Experiments
    • Review Team
  • Lab Moves
  • Surplus
laboratory profiling
Laboratory Profiling
  • Expanded our Departmental Health and Safety Programs Profiling tool
  • Series of questions to help determine which EHS program apply to the laboratory
  • References to
    • EHS resources
    • EHS staff
  • Sample Questions
    • Do individuals work on or near exposed electrical circuits?
    • Do individuals use materials regulated by the DEA?
    • Does your lab use highly hazardous gases?
    • Does your lab utilize high temperature equipment (e.g., ovens, furnaces, etc.)?
    • Do
Injury/Illness Proc.

Accident Investigation

Emerg. Action Plans

Required Postings

Computer Workstation

Electrical Safety


PPE Standard

Hydrofluoric Acid Prep.

High Hazard Gas Proc.

Water Reactive Materials

High Magnetic Field Safety

Noise Exposure

Fall Protection

Ladder Safety

Confined Space Entry

Cutting and Welding

Hoisting and Rigging

Temporary Employees

Respiratory Protection

Haz Mat Shipping

Silver Recovery

High Temp Equipment

Electromagnetic Radiation

Laboratory Standard


Chemical Waste

Emerg. Info Posters

Minors in Workplace

Bloodborne Pathogens

Laser Safety

UV Light Safety

Spill Control Plans

Laboratory Security

Pressure Vessel Safety

Powder Actuated Tool Safety

RAM – Open/Sealed

Electromagnetic Rad.

Live Virus Worker

Animal Worker

Select Agent Regis.

DEA Registration

Particular Haz Substances

Business Continuity Plan

Hazardous Metal Program

Reactive Chemical Safety

Pollution Prevention/Sustainability

in a nutshell
In a Nutshell
  • Briefing given to all PIs and their appointed Lab Managers
  • Helps mold the laboratory safety culture
  • Introduces EHS
  • Proactive
contact information
Contact Information
  • Robin IzzoAssistant Director for Laboratory SafetyEnvironmental Health and SafetyPrinceton University262 Alexander StreetPrinceton, NJ 08544
  • 609-258-6259 (phone)
  • 609-258-1804 (fax)
  • (Lab Safety Manual)