Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL


LABORATORY SAFETY
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Environmental Health and Safety
509-335-3041

Laboratory Signage

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OVERVIEW

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and Facilities Services, Operations have worked together to develop and implement a laboratory signage program to communicate potential hazards to WSU faculty, staff, students, and others entering laboratory spaces. The goals of the University's Laboratory Signage Program are to:

RESPONSIBILITIES

Department Chair/Director

The department chair or director is responsible for:

Principal Investigator/Supervisor/Faculty

The principal investigator (PI), laboratory supervisor, faculty member, or her or his designee is responsible for all of the following:

EH&S/ORA/RSO

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), the Office of Research Assurances (ORA), and the Radiation Safety Office (RSO) provide assistance to meet the laboratory signage needs of laboratories at WSU.

EH&S also:

Contact EH&S for assistance with using the laboratory signage program; telephone 509-335-3041.

Finance and Administration Information Services (FAIS)

Finance and Administration Information Services (FAIS) provides and supports the laboratory signage program database. Laboratory signage program users are responsible for printing and posting the signs.

Employee

The employee is responsible for:

SIGN HOLDERS

The department is responsible to ensure that appropriate sign holders are purchased and installed for WSU signage.

Holder Style and Size

Laboratory sign holders are to be 8 1/2" x 11", transparent (clear), bifold style, and are to be affixed to the wall with double-sided adhesive tape.

To request exceptions to the sign holder requirements listed above, contact Facilities Services, Operations.

OTHER PROGRAMS REQUIRING LABORATORY SIGNAGE

Various programs at WSU require additional signage dependent on laboratory use of animals, biohazardous materials, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), non-ionizing radiation (e.g., lasers), and radioactive materials.

The laboratory signage program does not replace additional placards or signage that may be required by specific regulatory standards. Contact the appropriate WSU department for assistance. The following programs may have additional signage requirements:

Animal Contact

For signage requirements regarding contact with animals at WSU, contact ORA; telephone 509-335-9553.

Biohazards/GMOs

For signage requirements regarding work with biohazardous materials (i.e., materials capable of self-replication and producing harmful effects upon other biological organisms), contact ORA; telephone 509-335-1585.

Ionizing Radiation

For signage requirements regarding work with radioactive materials, contact the RSO; telephone 335-8916.

See also 9.60.

Lasers

For signage requirements regarding work with lasers, contact EH&S; telephone 509-335-3041.

See also 4.50.

Pesticides

For signage requirements regarding work with pesticides, contact the Washington State Pest Management Resource Service (WSPRS); telephone 253-445-4611.

See also BPPM 45.65, 45.67, 45.69, and 45.70.