Jeanne W. Stewart, safety contact
515 294-3926 (office)
515 291-8968 (cell)
Laboratory safety is a top priority for the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Therefore, the Safety Committee provides forms and safety information for the department to follow. All laboratories are expected to complete the Annual Checklist and maintain a “safety binder” containing the signed and dated safety documentation.
Please check off each item on the Annual Checklist (doc) as it is completed. Please follow the instructions under each item to ensure that safety documentation is properly stored and forwarded as needed. This checklist must be completed by January 31.
Before beginning research, lab personnel must perform a safety training needs assessment through EH&S. Use the following resources for other requirements to specific types of research
Other useful resources:
New graduate student or student employee
The New Student Safety Checklist (doc) is a guide for itemizing the steps required before a new graduate student or student employee may begin work in a laboratory.
New faculty and/or staff
The New Faculty/Staff Safety Checklist (doc) is a guide for setting up a new lab and itemizing the steps required to begin work in the lab.
Documentation of these safety requirements must be placed in the lab safety binder.
New research technique safety guidance
Before a new research technique may be performed in the lab, the PI must provide guidance to lab personnel in completing a Hazard Inventory form, perform a needs assessment that can be found on the EH&S website, and create new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and train personnel.
Lab personnel changing lab locations
Before lab personnel may begin working in a different lab, they must perform a needs assessment that can be found on the EH&S website, be trained on SOPs, complete a Hazard Inventory form, and undergo lab-specific safety training.
Post Top Ten Safety Violations (doc) as a guide to prevent problems in chemical labs.
All primary investigators (PI) must designate an alternate (doc) to be responsible for the lab in their absence.
The Professor-in-Charge List (doc) designates the person in charge of each FSHN laboratory by room number and building.
The List of Shared Equipment (doc) indicates the professor-in-charge of shared department laboratory instruments. Contact the professor-in-charge for instructions and questions about the equipment.
Instructions (PDF) have been written to enable a user to assemble the vacuum pump, dry ice bath, and rotary evaporator and to properly use the rotary evaporator. It is important to protect the vacuum pump so it will run smoothly for years. If regular ice instead of dry ice is used, see the procedure (PDF)for flaked ice rotoevaporation to help determine how many cold traps must be used in between the dry ice bath and the vacuum pump. If a glass dry ice trap is used for rotoevaporation, follow these manufacturer’s directions (PDF). A photo is included to help visualize the proper setup.
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