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  • Department of Biological Engineering Chemical Hygiene Plan Overview
    Here is a summary of the safety regulations for laboratories under the BE Chemical Hygiene Plan. Here you will find general instructions for how to work safely with chemicals and also the requirements for new personnel.
  • EHS Training Courses
    Here is the site for the required training programs offered by MIT EHS. All BE personnel under the BE CHP are required to take Chemical Hygiene and Managing Hazardous Waste training, as well as Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene and taking the Safety Quiz training before beginning laboratory work. Annual retraining on Managing Hazardous Waste and Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene training must be taken.
  • Chemical Hygiene Clearance Form [pdf]
    Everyone under the BE Chemical Hygiene Plan is required to sign a Chemical Hygiene Clearance form. This form must be signed by the researcher and their supervisor or the Chemical Hygiene Officer (Joseph Glogowski) and then submitted to BE Headquarters. The form must be signed prior to beginning work in the laboratory.
  • Departure Form [pdf]
    Complete this form prior to leaving a laboratory. This form must be signed by the researcher, their supervisor, EHS Representative and Administrative Officer. Submit the form to BE Headquarters and send a copy to the department EHS Coordinator (Joseph Glogowski).
  • COUHES (Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects)
    "OSP partnered with the Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects to create an MIT course for Research Involving Human Subjects. This course is administered on the web, and is hosted for MIT by TrainCaster." Follow this link for further information on how to register for courses and NIH's requirements.
  • LCSSs
    Laboratory Chemical Safety Summaries are an extremely valuable source of information for handling 88 chemicals commonly used in scientific research laboratories. LCSSs provide concise critical discussions of the toxicity, flammability, reactivity, and explosibility of these chemicals. Directions for handling, storage, and disposal and special instructions for first aid and emergency response are given. Unlike MSDSs, these safety sheets are written specifically with researchers in mind (rather than manufacturers).
  • MSDSs
    The MIT Safety Office provides this site to find links to Materials Data Safety Sheets. All laboratories under the BE CHP are required to have on file MSDSs for all hazardous substances that are used.
  • Agencies that List "Known" and "Likely" Carcinogens:
    -  National Toxicology Program Carcinogen Report
    -  International Agency for Research and Cancer (for the IARC Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks, click on "Cancer Databases")
  • Glove Chemical Resistance Guide / Downloadable Program for Assessing Glove Compatability
    These sites are useful resources for finding information on what types of gloves are best for handling various chemicals.
  • The Environmental Health and Safety Management System
    MIT's Environment, Health, and Safety Office (EHS Office) is responsible for overseeing operational EHS management at MIT; providing EHS services to departments, laboratories and centers (DLCs); supporting MIT's commitment to EHS performance beyond compliance; and delivering services that demonstrate MIT's commitment to EHS stewardship. These services relate to a wide range of areas - from environmental sustainability and occupational safety to chemical, radiation, and biological controls - that support the Institute's accountability for excellent EHS performance, as well as for legal compliance.
    The work of the office include the deployment of resources that reduce the environmental impact of MIT's work, operations, and facilities, and ensure the health and safety of our community members and neighbors. All of these activities are informed by our commitment to provide the responsive service and critical support needed to make MIT a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible place to live, work, and study.


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