Chemistry Department LSR Information

This page provides information and materials for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department laboratory safety program. In addition to general laboratory safety, the chemistry laboratories participate in a rigorous department-specific safety program. This program assists in the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards unique to the chemistry research laboratory. These laboratories routinely use and/or create novel chemicals for which little safety information exists. The resources on this page can be used when updating existing safety information and when evaluating new or existing procedures. If  you have any questions about this program, please contact the PBSci Safety Coordinator or EH&S.

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Inserts and Forms for IIPP/CHP Binder

The following materials are to be used with the IIPP/CHP binder:

  • Chemistry LSR Job Responsibilities. This document list the IIPP/CHP responsibilities for the Chemistry LSRs and should be the first page in the lab's IIPP/CHP binder. 
  • Self-Inspection Checklist. This checklist can be customized to include specific laboratory operations. Use this checklist for quarterly self-inspections. Keep the completed checklists in the IIPP/CHP binder.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) incorporating safety and health considerations must be developed and followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals, especially “particularly hazardous substances.” SOPs are written instructions that detail the steps to be performed during a given experimental procedure and include information about potential hazards and how these hazards will be mitigated. SOPs should be written by laboratory personnel who are most knowledgeable and involved with the experimental process. For information on creating an SOP, please check the SOP page.

UC List of Chemicals requiring SOPs: Core list of chemicals for which SOPs are required under the 2012 UC Regents Lab Safety Settlement Agreement

The following materials may be used to assist in SOP development:

  • SOP Worksheet. Data gathering tool for use in SOP development.
  • SOP Development Form. A more detailed form that can be used to gather and organize information for SOP development.

Risk Assessment Resources

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Chemical Risk Assessment Document. Contains brief review of the standard risk assessment process, then lists of chemicals classified as carcinogens, reproductive toxins, Select Agents (biological hazards), pesticides, explosives, and antineoplastic agents.

Particularly Hazardous Materials. List of poisonous gases, pyrophoric chemicals, shock-sensitive chemicals, peroxide-forming chemicals, carcinogens/reproductive toxins/highly toxic chemicals, and Cal-OSHA Regulated Carcinogens. Also provides estimated shelf life for some unstable chemicals. 

Reaction Risk Assessment. Form and instructions to aid in the evaluation of potential risks resulting from chemical reactions.