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!

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

Working in a Lab News

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