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Western Washington University: Healthy and safe labs 24/7Safety in the lab is everyone's responsibility.

  • Lab personnel are responsible for understanding the information in the lab hazard assessment and wearing the appropriate PPE.
  • Lab supervisors, Instructors, and PI's are responsible for insuring a hazard assessment has been done for their area, providing effective safety controls, and training personnel on these hazards and safety controls.
  • Departments are responsible for safety and accountability of all personnel in the department.  
  • For a more detailed breakdown of safety responsibilities review the File Chemical Hygiene Plan.



  • Chemical Hygiene Plan Training:  Now online  (initial lab safety training)
    • Training records kept by EHS
  • Department specific training : as applicable
    • Training records kept by dept
  • Lab specific content: Should include topics described Lab Safety Orientation Checklist guidance document and  the Lab Hazard and PPE Assessment.  These documents should be personalized to accurately reflect the type of work and hazard present in a laboratory. 
    • Training records kept by lab
  • Equipment Specific training as needed i.e. autoclave training.
    • Training records kept by department or laboratory
  • Annual Hazardous Waste Identification and Management training (refresher training) 



The following documents must be accessible to any person who works in a laboratory space. 

  • General Safety Documents, Forms, and Policies
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan 
  • Chemical Safety Data Sheets
  • Lab Hazard and PPE Assessment 
  • Lab Inspection Checklist 
  • University Accident and Injury Reporting Form

Safety Checks

EHS partners with Academic and Research laboratories to conduct periodic safety reviews in labs. Included are any academic, laboratories, studios, shops, and areas where hazardous materials/equipment are used or hazardous processes are performed.  Our Comprehensive Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP) provides the "outside" set of eyes to look over routine or new activities as well as the safety controls used to help minimize risk at the university. The Safer we all are the Happier we are!

Shipping Hazardous Materials:

Hazardous materials can only be packaged and shipped by qualified personnel.  Not all hazardous materials can be shipped out through Mail Services.  Hazardous materials include:

  • Chemicals or products that are corrosive, explosive, flammable, oxidizers, toxic or poisonous, or under pressure (gases).  
  • Equipment that have lithium batteries, lasers, magnets, x-ray generators, etc.
  • Biologics that may be harmful to the health of humans, animals, or the environment.
  • Radioactive materials.

Submit the following form to arrange assistance and approval to ship hazardous materials. ‚Äč

Contact Information 

For questions laboratory set up or laboratory safety please contact your department safety coordinator or EHS