The research laboratory is probably the most unique and challenging work and study space at the university because each laboratory is slightly different, given the research and experimentation being conducted.  A Chemistry lab is very different from a laboratory in civil engineering, one in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or in Neuroscience.  The engineering controls are different, the materials in use are different, and therefore the procedures to keep safe also vary.

A general Laboratory Safety program has been implemented to ensure that all persons working and studying in a laboratory environment have the basic information required to keep them safe. The specific information for your research laboratory is available from your supervisor, and in some cases from your faculty Health and Safety representative.

Carleton University has recently partnered with ChemWatch, one of the largest suppliers of independently researched SDSs. It provides a full range of services to assess and control chemical risks. Access ChemWatch HERE!

Until the end of the year, we also subscribe to databases from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety for access to more than 160,000 current Material Safety Data Sheets.

For additional databases go to the Laboratory Health and Safety webpage below and remember; to access these, you must be using a Carleton University IP address.

Asbestos Management Laser Safety
Chemical Inventory Management Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Decommissioning Personal Protective Equipment
Designated Substances Radiation Safety
Ergonomics Science Stores
First Aid Slip, Trip,  Falls
Hazard Identification and Reporting WHMIS 
Hazardous Waste Management Working Alone
Hot Work Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention
Laboratory Health and Safety Ventilation Systems
Ladder Safety Young Workers

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