Lab Resources

An array of laboratory safety resources are collected on this page.

SOCs (Safe Operating Cards). Reusable placards that can be placed near a fume hood to provide details of ongoing reactions or processes.

Check-in Checklist. Example from the Miller group showing how a lab can organize aspects of safety as part of new researcher training for an in-person walkthrough tailored to a specific lab.

Safety Minutes. A safety minute is a short, interactive activity designed to foster regular discussions about a relevant safety topic.

Lab Safety Field Day Resources. These annual refreshers on key techniques can help preserve knowledge of safe procedures over time.

Checklists. Checklists provide visual cues and reminders of protocol. Checklists do not replace proper training or SOPs, but prompt the researcher to recall specific hazards or oft-forgotten steps in the procedure.

Lab Safety signs. Ready-to-print signs to clearly label the location of safety showers or other lab safety equipment, the presence of laboratory hazards, and other information.

Glove permeability charts. Guidance on what kinds of gloves are useful for various organic solvents.

CGA guides. Match a gas cylinder to the correct regulator.

Glassware safety sheet. Helpful tips for working with laboratory glassware (courtesy of Ace Glass).

Do Not Use Lists. A “do not use” (or “discuss before use”) list can provide guidance to researchers in terms of both general hazard classes and specific reagents. An example list from the Miller group is given here.



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All information is presented “as is” and without any warranties, either express or implied.  While reasonable efforts are made to keep the information on this website current and accurate, laboratory safety practices change frequently and the information may not be up-to-date. None of the website content should be taken as a prescription or as formal safety advice and there is no substitute for appropriate laboratory safety training and in-person training. This website contains standard operating procedures (“SOP”). Each SOP was originally written with a specific lab setting in mind, with the intent to be carried out only by professionally trained research scientists. All laboratory use and research carries inherent risk and you should perform a careful risk assessment and independent analysis of each SOP before using it.