What training is required to work in a laboratory?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:44 am

George Mason University laboratory personnel, students, support services staff, and visitors entering laboratories or laboratory support rooms are required to receive safety training commensurate with their level of participation in laboratory activities and the duties they are to perform. Laboratory Safety Orientation training is required and must be renewed annually (by way of Laboratory Safety Refresher) […]

How do I order a lab coat?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:44 am

Requests for lab coats are handled by your department. To order a lab coat, contact the lab coat liaison for your department. If you do not know your lab coat liaison, contact EHS and provide your supervisor’s name and laboratory location. Lab coats are required for BSL-1 and BSL-2 research laboratories and for instructional laboratories operating […]

How do I order waste supplies?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:42 am

To order chemical, biological, or radiological waste supplies, contact EHS and provide a brief description of the container or supply you are ordering. Please give information regarding the material, color, capacity, and anything specific about the item. Also provide your name, building, laboratory room number, and a telephone number where you can be reached for supply drop-off.

When does EHS pick up hazardous waste?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

EHS conducts routine inspections of all Satellite Accumulation Areas. Pickups occur once a week, however, more frequent pickups can be scheduled in situations where laboratories will generate a high volume of waste in a short period of time. To schedule a waste pickup, contact EHS.

What do I need to consider when receiving a package that contains chemicals or biological materials?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

Inspect the package for signs of damage including leaks, broken outer packaging, or a strange odor. If the package is damaged or leaking, do not accept it. In the event the transporter does not accept the package, move the package to a fume hood and contact EHS. If the package is in good condition, take […]

How do I ship chemicals, biological materials, or radioactive materials?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:40 am

Laboratory personnel must ship all chemical and radioactive materials through EHS. Biological materials and dry ice are also shipped by EHS. If laboratory personnel frequently ship biological materials or dry ice, they may be trained to ship these materials. This decision is made on a case-by-case basis by EHS. Personnel who wish to ship materials […]

Who removes broken glassware boxes from laboratory spaces?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:39 am

Housekeeping removes broken glassware boxes from laboratories. However, housekeeping will not remove overfilled boxes or boxes that are dangerous to handle (i.e., shards of glass sticking out of the sides or glass protruding from the opening). Prepare your broken glass as follows in order to ensure housekeeping pick up: Construct broken glass box, line with […]

What kind of gloves should I purchase for my laboratory?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:38 am

The type of gloves appropriate for a laboratory activity depends on the type of chemical and the breakthrough times can be affected by a variety of characteristics including but not limited to: Thickness of glove material. Concentration of the chemical worked with. Amount of chemical the glove comes in contact with. Length of time which […]