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2023 Lab Managers Meeting

2023 Wooster Lab Manager Meeting - PAAR Presentation

PAAR Presentation and Lab Staff Safety Meeting
Tuesday, February 14th 8:30am

Meeting Recording



-Juliette Hanson and Kait Starr introduction and PAAR (BSL3) Facility Presentation 


-Dave replacement update 

-IBC Protocols must be list ALL people on the project, including those that simply clean up (greenhouse workers, building coordinators, student workers, etc.).  IBC questions to Dave Puskas.2 

-Update IBC protocols as people come and go, make sure all employees have access to the protocol

-rDNA/Biohaz Incident Report Form  

-Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Report Form

-ORAT must be filled out by ALL new employees, including volunteers, update any time job duties change and annually.  If you need a respirator and you have been to MedPro and have not received a Medical Clearance form within 2 weeks, please reach out to me so I can follow up on that.  The email link is ONLY good for 14 days, download that form immediately.  Online Risk Assessment Tool (ORAT) 

-N95s must be fit tested if use is required, including IBC or animal use.  “Required” according to label of chemical, IBC safety protocols, and sometimes based on EHS Hazard Assessment.  Reach out to Cassi with questions or if you need a fit test. 

-“Voluntary Use” for respirators is okay. Half-face and full-face MUST have medical examination before use.  N95 does not need medical examination.  All voluntary use must adhere to Appendix D to Sec. 1910.134: 1910.134 App D - (Mandatory) Information for Employees Using Respirators When not Required Under the Standard. 

-No evaporation of chemicals in fume hoods or labs, including alcohol.  Remove bag and dispose of in bucket or barrel of chemically contaminated waste, disposed through EHS Chemical Waste, cardboard box can be recycled

-Notify me of new PIs and lab managers, I host an introduction and training on EHS Systems.

-Lab Manager Mentor Program.  If interested in being a mentor or having a mentor let Cassi know

-Arthropod Containment Level 2 in 2023 Inspection Checklist

-Excellence in Safety Awards nominations through March 31st.  Student, Faculty/Staff, Lab Group awards. Individual winners receive commemorative plaque, winning lab receive commemorative plaque and $500 towards safety supplies, PPE, training, etc.


-Chemical pick-ups (usually last Wednesday of month), not sure what to do with waste?  Check out the Waste Flowcharts - select Laboratory Waste Management

               -container compatible for waste, don’t reuse if container specifically says that

               -store properly, NOT on floor, secondary containment

               -lid closed when not actively filling

               -inspect weekly (cracks, breaks, leaks, etc)

               -fully fill out label (haz com section ie. Corrosive, flammable, etc.)

-Supply delivery & bio waste, weekly or as needed

-Bio Waste – bags tied, and lids closed or wont take, LIDS CLOSED WHEN NOT ACTIVELY FILLING

-ABSL2 animals in secondary containment when moving from housing to procedure space

-Field Research Safety Plan

               -general for the season okay – think about different weather and conditions when filling out

               -store with CHP/HazCom Plan & document training for the plan

               -submit with IBC protocol, not required yet but helpful and may be asked for it

2023 Lab Inspection Checklist:

-deficiencies must be responded to via EHS Assist, I can’t close them without a response and resolution, unresolved or deficiencies not responded to will result in new deficiency for 2023

-will be checking IBC protocols for continuity between protocol and how things are handled in the working space

-HEAT in EHS Online must be renewed annually, listed in Inspection checklist now


For more information contact: Cassi Sewell - Environmental Safety Officer

Phone: (330)263-3663        Email: