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Research Labs

Within the primary College of Public Health building there are 17 Research Labs that support research in environmental health, industrial hygiene, physiology, water and air quality, immunology, toxicology, parasitology, risk management, ergonomics, heat stress, occupational safety, electron microscopy infectious diseases and microbiology. The William "Doc" Myers Tampa Branch Laboratory, home to the Florida Department of Health and the College of Public Health's Center for Biological Defense, is physically located on the USF campus and offers a unique public-public partnership between the academic and applied aspects of disease surveillance, detection, and prevention. Finally, the College has moved into the new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB), located in the USF Research Park. In the IDRB, the College has faculty and student researchers working in three modern BSL-2 laboratories as well as three BSL-3 laboratories to support work in emerging infectious diseases.

Info for faculty teaching in labs

Everyone that participates in laboratory activities at the University of South Florida has a responsibility to apply safe laboratory practices.

On an annual basis, Principal Investigators, research laboratory personnel and teaching assistants/instructors must attend a training session conducted by the Division of Environmental Health and Safety.

Research laboratory safety training must be conducted by the Laboratory Supervisor or Principal Investigator, or his/her designee. Each laboratory worker must receive training at the time of their initial assignment to the laboratory, or prior to assignments involving new exposure situations.

The Teaching Assistants or Instructors of laboratory classes must provide a training session to their students during the first class meeting. They should use the guidelines located in Appendix I of the Chemical Hygiene Plan as the basis for their presentation.

Not all laboratory safety concerns deal with chemicals, therefore, it is important for laboratories to adhere to established University of South Florida policies, practices, and program materials regarding biological, radioactive, physical, and electrical hazards. Contact the Division of Research Integrity and Compliance (DRIC) Biosafety Office regarding infectious agents, biological toxins, Select Agents and Toxins, and recombinant DNA work; the DRIC Radiation Safety Office for research concerning radioisotopes, and the DRIC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for research incorporating animals. Contact the Division of Environmental Health and Safety for information regarding physical and electrical hazards.

Info for students taking courses or working in labs

Everyone that participates in laboratory activities at the University of South Florida has a responsibility to apply safe laboratory practices.

The Teaching Assistants or Instructors of laboratory classes must provide a training session to their students during the first class meeting. Students must sign the guidelines for each class in which they are enrolled.

If you are a student working in a research lab, please be aware that all research laboratory personnel and teaching assistants/instructors must attend annual training conducted by the Division of Environmental Health and Safety. In addition, research laboratory safety training must be conducted by the Laboratory Supervisor or Principal Investigator, or his/her designee. Each laboratory worker must receive training at the time of their initial assignment to the laboratory, or prior to assignments involving new exposure situations.

USF Lab Safety guidelines and links

Environmental Health and Safety home page http://usfweb2.usf.edu/eh&s/index.html
HITS login https://hits.admin.usf.edu/HITS/login.jsp
MSDS site http://www.msds.com/
Chemical Hygiene Plan http://usfweb2.usf.edu/eh&s/labsafety/CHP.pdf
EH&S training schedule http://usfweb2.usf.edu/eh&s/labsafety/tmaterials.html
Incident report form http://usfweb2.usf.edu/eh&s/labsafety/LabIncident.html
Hurricane Preparedness for Laboratories http://health.usf.edu/nocms/publichealth/labsafety/Hurricane_Preparedness_for_Laboratories.pdf

Incident Reporting

The incident report should be submitted by the Lab Manager/Teaching Assistant/Instructor for any incident that occurs in any University of South Florida affiliated teaching or research laboratory/studio or field research project. An incident means any unplanned event within the scope of a procedure that causes, or has the potential to cause, an injury or illness and/or damage to equipment, buildings or the natural environment. All incidents need to be reported whether they are near misses, serious injuries, or emergencies such as fires and chemical spills. A near miss is an event or situation that could have resulted in an accident, injury or illness, but did not, either by chance or through timely intervention. The completed form should be submitted to Environmental Health & Safety within 24 hours of the incident. These reports will provide the University Laboratory & Field Safety Committee and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) with information needed to evaluate laboratory procedures and help prevent reoccurrences of similar incidents. As part of this report, EH&S will complete an incident investigation.

  • Due to medical privacy concerns, no personal identifying information of the person involved in the incident should be entered or submitted with the form.
  • It is important to note that this process does not replace the University’s current Worker’s Compensation process.

    The incident reporting form can be found at http://usfweb2.usf.edu/eh%26s/labsafety/LabIncident.html. The form can be submitted on-line or printed.

    General Announcements

    1. Department of Environmental Health & Safety Announces
      Open Lab Safety Training on the following dates:

      Date:
      September 9, 2010
      Time: 9:30 am
      Place: MDL 1005

                     &

      Date: September 20, 2010
      Time: 2:00 pm
      Place: BSG Trailer

      Registration for training must be done online. To register online, go to our website. Due to space limitations, we cannot accept walk-ins.

      A map to the BSG trailer can also be found by clicking on this website.

    Training links

    http://usfweb2.usf.edu/eh&s/trainprograms/linkstraining.html