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Call to Action for U-M Laboratories -The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has declared September 2014 to be National Biosafety Stewardship Month

As recommended by the NIH initiative, we are asking all U-M laboratories where biological research is performed to conduct an inventory of infectious agents and toxins in the lab and to provide a short report to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) by Friday, October 3, 2014. In addition to the inventory, be sure to review biosafety policies and procedures to ensure best practices are consistently implemented, and review the training status of each individual performing research in the laboratory to ensure that he or she is prepared to conduct the work safely. Click here for more information.


OSEH will host our first Michigan Laboratory Safety Fair this October 16th

University of Michigan researchers are invited to bring your lab to attend this fun and educational event. This will be a collective showcase of University resources and laboratory safety products. Attendees will move from table to table discussing the challenges they face and learning about solutions available.

OSEH representatives will be on hand to address your questions with regard to Biological Safety, Research Health & Safety, Radiation Safety, Hazardous Material Management, Ergonomics and Sustainability issues.

There will also be representatives from the Division of Public Safety and Security, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine and the University Committee on Use and Care of Animals.

Visit our vendor expo where you can see the latest research products and services, try on samples and meet with the experts from 17 different suppliers. They will showcase everything from personal protective equipment, flammable storage cabinets, signs, labels, containers, and equipment.

Meet other researchers and network at a location conveniently located only a short walk from your lab. We will have food and give-a-ways as well as prizes, so join us at Palmer Commons from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Great Lakes Room on October 16th!

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Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

Updated University of Michigan Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

OSEH has released the updated U-M CHP which establishes a written program designed to protect laboratory personnel from hazardous chemicals in accordance with the requirements of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) Part 431 Hazardous Work in Laboratories Standard R 325-70100. CHP policies promote a healthy and safe work environment and provide information on best practices in laboratory health and safety. The document is web-based and includes information to ensure that all laboratory personnel have working knowledge about the hazardous chemicals they use. Major updates this year include documented monthly eyewash inspections and a transition to the U-M chemical inventory system. The CHP is available here along with a new compliance document binder and standard operating procedures for chemicals frequently used at U-M. Personnel working in laboratories should read and become familiar with the CHP and it's University-wide requirements. Principal Investigators will be required to have a document binder with appropriate information and lab specific procedures for any hazards not addressed within the CHP.


Safety First

Safety First Recognition Award

The Safety First Recognition Award celebrates U-M employees who excel in creating and maintaining a safe workplace. Click here to find out what it takes to win, and how to nominate someone.

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