CMI Lab Safety

ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, DRINK OR RELATED WASTE IN THE LAB

  • Dispose of food and drink trash OUTSIDE of the lab before entering.
  • Never dispose of food/drink in the lab trash or recycling receptacles.

Personal Protective Euipment (PPE)
At all times while working at the CMI, wear appropriate PPE:

  • Closed-toed shoes that cover feet
  • Clothing to the knees
  • Gloves, when needed (as when working with sodium azide)

DURING COVID-19, WEAR ADDITIONAL PPE SUCH AS FACE MASKS, as recommended by HMS.

  • Locations of Safety Items:
  • The Satellite Accumulation Area (SAA) for waste management is located in the fume hood.
  • Fire extinguishers are located by windows in bay 1 and 3.
  • Eyewash stations are available at the sink.
  • Safety shower is located outside C-302 (across the corridor).
  • First Aid Kit is located over Desk outside C-303A (Kelly's office).
  • Building Spill Kit is in 3rd floor corridor to LHRRB/SGM (turn left outside the lab). 
  • Accident report form:  www.ehs.harvard.edu/programs/accident-reporting-investigation

CMI Safety Book
See CMI Safety book for safety documentation, located over Desk outside C-303A (Kelly's office), including:

  • Lab Safety Quick Reference
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Exposure Control Plan 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessment
  • Lab Standard Operating Procedures for handling hazardous materials

 

Laser Safety

Some CMI instruments have embedded lasers.   All lasers at the CMI are classified as Class I laser instruments with embedded Class IIIb lasers and appropriate safety precautions should be followed when using these instruments. 

Laser Instruments at the CMI

  • Wyatt Dawn Heleos II Multi-Angle Light Scattering Detector for SEC-MALS
  • Wyatt DynaPro Plate Reader III for Light Scattering
  • Nano Temper Monolith NT.115pico for MicroScale Thermophoresis

Enclosed Laser Instrument Standard Operating Procedure
CMI Users should follow these guidelines when working with enclosed laser instruments:

  • Complete an “Enclosed Laser Instrument Safety” course, available through the Harvard Training Portal or at their home institution.
  • Follow the Instrument’s CMI Standard Protocol for safe instrument use.  The most current version is available for each instrument on the Instruments page at the CMI website (cmi.hms.harvard.edu/instruments).
  • Never bypass instrument interlocks or remove instrument access panels, at any time. 
  • Ask for assistance or retraining if unsure about safe work practices on any instrument.
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