PAP Lab Safety Policies

Laboratory Safety

Before commencing work in the laboratory, all staff and students must attend a laboratory safety training course (conducted by the Office of Health, Safety, and Emergency and/or the Division), must have completed a risk assessment, and must be familiar with the relevant safety requirements. Consult the links below for more information.

Any staff or students found in violation of safety rules in PAP will be penalized according to the policy below:

Number of Offences Penalty
1 Banned from instrument use for 1 week.
2 Banned from instrument use for 2 weeks.
3 Offender and Supervisor(s) to stand before the Safety Committee.
In addition, banned from instrument use for 3 weeks.

The names of all safety offenders will be published, together with the names of their supervisors.

Safety Requirements

All PAP staff and students must be familiar with the School's emergency procedures, as well as the contents of the SPMS Laboratory Safety Manual. Special attention must be paid to the following issues:

  • Slippers, sandals and perforated shoes are not allowed in laboratories at any time. Closed-toed shoes must be worn at all times in the laboratory; the shoes must have slip-resistant, non-absorbent soles.
  • Personnel working in chemical laboratories, or handling any chemical substances, are not allowed to wear shorts, Bermuda shorts, or mini skirts. Moreover, a lab coat, safety goggles, and laboratory gloves (and any other Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary) must be worn.
  • All chemical spills/overflows must be cleaned up immediately. Never leave these unattended.
  • When entering or leaving a laboratory, make sure the door is closed and shut properly. This is especially important for laboratories equipped with security card or alpha-numerical locks.
  • Never touch door handles while wearing laboratory gloves.

Principal Investigators (PIs) should note that the university, school and division are responsible only for providing the basic safety infrastructure, such as fire extinguishers, eyewashes and safety showers. Each PI is responsible for providing all necessary safety equipment and personal protective equipment for personnel (Project Officers, Research Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduates, etc.) working in the laboratory. This includes paying for additional safety measures related to the research, should such measures be required. You may approach the Division Head for support (this is subject to the Division Head's approval; if support is granted, it should be considered a privilege, not a right).

PAP Workplace Safety Inspection Checklist

Safe Lab Procedures

Safe Handling of Specific Chemicals

Please also consult the CBC safety page for a more extensive list of chemicals.