Roles and Responsibilities

1. LSOs must attend all JST meetings and LSO trainings

  • 6 all LSO meetings will be given in a year

  • Each meeting is about 1 hour long

  • LSOs that cannot attend must have a representative from your research group attend these meetings

2. LSOs must participate in lab walkthroughs once every semester

  • Lab walkthrough assignments will be given out by the JST Lab Walkthrough Coordinator

  • Each lab walkthrough is about 2 – 3 hours long and will be held in March and October of every year

LSO Responsibilities with their Research Group

Considering the large amount of responsibilities expected to keep research laboratories in safe and operational conditions, the LSO can divide up some of these tasks to other members in your research group. However, it is the LSO's responsibility to ensure that each task is being completed in a timely manner.

1. Perform weekly checks of all eyewash stations

Sign and date eyewash checklist each week

2. Inspect your research group laboratories for PPE compliance and proper chemical storage

3. Maintain and restock first aid kits and spill kits when needed

4. Maintain proper lab signage related to emergency contact information

LSOs are responsible for updating the lab groups emergency contact information which should be placed near the lab phone or door of each laboratory

JST will notify all LSOs if the CHEM and CEMS department if the emergency contact information has changed

5. Maintain yearly safety training records of all personnel working in your PI's research group

6. Assist in writing/evaluation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with your PI

7. Be able to identify locations of safety equipment in each laboratory (Safety showers, eyewash station, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, spill kits, etc.)

8. Be familiar with hazardous waste requirements and storage. LSOs are not responsible for packaging and disposal of waste, unless appointed by their PI

9. Be familiar with how to fill out a Learning Experience Reports (LERs) and encourage your group members to fill them out if any incidence occurs

10. Mentor next LSO for 2 months before leaving position

Fill out the LSO-change form to notify JST about the LSO change.