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Lab Safety

Laboratory safety at Duquesne University encompasses a variety of areas, including hazardous substances, biological and radiological materials. The Environmental Health and Safety Department of Duquesne University focuses on the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of laboratory wastes and other hazardous substances. This is accomplished through training, laboratory inspections, safety committees and open communication with employees.

Chemical Hygiene Plan
Provides guidelines for safe laboratory operations and defines responsibilities for all persons working in or having supervisory responsibilities for laboratories at Duquesne University.

ACS Lab Safety Handbook


Inspections are performed by EH&S staff on a weekly, annual and as-needed basis using the following checklists. These inspections are completed to ensure the safety of our labs for use by students, assistants, faculty and anyone who may be entering those areas. Individual labs may also utilize these checklists for their own inspection purposes.

Annual Lab Inspection Checklist and Report

Satellite Accumulation Area Weekly and Monthly Checklist

Policies and Programs

Biosafety Guidelines

Dangerous Goods Shipment Program

Ethyl Alcohol Policy
This policy ensures safe handling and usage of licensed alcohol.

Facility Safety Inspection Procedure
This procedure was established to ensure that all facilities are in compliance with governmental, environmental health and safety regulations through inspection, observations and walk-throughs.

Laboratory Clean-Out Policy
This policy is to assist in safely removing all hazardous substances from a laboratory being vacated /decommissioned and to leave the laboratory free from hazardous contamination.

Laser Safety Program
This program defines responsibilities and establishes procedures for the safe use of all laser systems.

Liquid Nitrogen Safety


Fume Hood Use
Learn more in the January-March 2008 issue of The Safety Chronicle.

Mercury Clean-Up should be conducted by EH&S staff. Broken thermometers or the release of mercury from other mercury-containing equipment should be reported to EH&S immediately.

Before running an overnight experiment, read Safety Procedures for Overnight Experiments and then complete an Overnight Experiment Process Information Form. These forms are available on the EH&S cork board outside Mellon B6 and must be posted on the lab door and forwarded to Public Safety.

Hazardous Waste

All hazardous waste in laboratories should be stored in secondary containment and labeled with a Hazardous Waste Label.

Lab Waste Minimization Plan
The scope of the WM Plan covers all individuals that are generating any waste at Duquesne University, whether the waste is hazardous, non-hazardous, biological, or radioactive. This plan focuses on the more efficient use of materials, waste reduction and responsible disposal of generated waste.