Lab safety

The University of Ottawa has mandatory laboratory safety training applicable to all individuals working in a laboratory environment. All laboratory personnel must know the procedures for working safely and responding to emergencies. Lab personnel must always be aware of:

  • The locations of emergency telephone numbers,
  • The locations of eyewash fountains and emergency showers,
  • The locations of spill kits,
  • How to report an incident,
  • Glassware washing procedures,
  • Science Stores procedures,
  • Limits on volumes of flammable and combustible liquids in their labs,
  • Special requirements applicable to the purchasing, handling, shipping, and disposal of radioactive sources,
  • Special requirements applicable to biohazardous substances,
  • Sewer-Use Guidelines
  • Hazardous waste disposal guidelines, and
  • Emergency exits and evacuation routes.

The laboratory safety training sessions are intended to provide personnel, students, and professors with the basic tools to work in a laboratory setting. The sessions are offered on a regular basis. The laboratory safety manual provides details about laboratory practices to maintain a safe workplace and how to react in case of an incident or accident.

A reference manual for dry labs and training is also available.

Additional, job specific laboratory training may be required, such as biosafety training, radiation safety training, autoclave safety training, laser safety training, etc.

Reproductive Hazards in Laboratories

Two guides have been prepared to inform laboratory workers on the reproductive hazards of working in different environments. They provide important information. If you have specific health concerns, please contact the Health and Wellness office.

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