First published on 
08/10/2017 - 16:30

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Welcome to the UW Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM).

Please bookmark this page electronically or print a copy of the complete LSM and make it available to laboratory staff. Staff in UW laboratories using hazardous chemicals must have access to a copy of the manual and the supplemental laboratory-specific information.

If a paper copy is preferred, you can print current sections, excerpts or the complete LSM at any UW copy center. Whether you choose paper or electronic, all lab staff must have access the complete chemical hygiene plan while working in the lab.

The manual is updated annually. The December 2023 edition was published on 1/16/24. Refer to the log of changes to review recent changes.

If you have any questions about the manual or its contents, please contact the Environmental Health & Safety Laboratory Safety team.

Links to LSM Sections

    Table of Contents                   

  Emergency Information (PDF, Word)

  Laboratory-specific Information (PDF, Word)                                                                                    

Section 1   Laboratory Responsibilities
Section 2   Chemical Management
Section 3   Chemical Waste Management
Section 4   Laboratory Equipment and Facilities
Section 5   Employee Health and PPE
Section 6   Standard Operating Procedures
Section 7   Safety Training
Section 8   Record Keeping
Section 9   Emergency Preparedness and Response
Section 10   Labs: Move In/Move Out 
Appendix A   WAC 296-828 Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
Appendix B   Glossary
Appendix C   Templates: Lab Specific Information
Appendix D   Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Templates (also visit Chemical SOPs)
Appendix E   Checklists
Appendix F        Contacts for Laboratory Personnel
Appendix G   Chemical Storage Guidance Based on GHS Labels

  Templates and Examples

  Laboratory Safety Training Matrix (PDF)
  Lab Employee Safety Training Checklist (Word)

 Example SOPs


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