Visit the Updated Lab Startup and New PI Onboarding Web Page

The Lab Startup and New PI Onboarding web page features quick and convenient information to get things started as a new PI in a new lab. Visit the Lab Startup web page to learn more about: Training & SOPs (peruse the training catalog of required courses and access lab-specific SOPs), Chemical Inventory (discover the new…

Expired Hand Sanitizers: Keep or Discard?

The COVID Pandemic focused our collective attention on defeating the spread of the virus by adopting routine and effective hand hygiene. Health officials and experts emphasize that the best way to keep hands clean is to wash with soap and water (see the video Clean Hands Keep You Healthy: USC EH&S Guide to Hand Washing)…

“Principles of Biosafety” Training Now Available in Trojan Learn

The Principles of Biosafety training course (BIO) covers safe practices for handling and containment of biological materials including human blood, human pathogens, recombinant DNA, and biological toxins. It is now offered as a self-paced module in Trojan Learn – click on BIO to access the training. The live Zoom version is still available and participants…

2023 Cal-OSHA Log Memo to HR Partners & OSHA Form 300A

Each year, a memo is issued to HR Partners at USC to summarize the Cal OSHA log of work-related injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). These forms are available for download at EH&S’ OSHA Recordkeeping web page….

Now Available! New “Indoor Air Pollution from Gas Stoves” Fact Sheet

Use of either natural gas or electricity to cook food can create indoor air pollution. Natural gas and propane stoves can release carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other harmful pollutants into the air, which may be hazardous upon inhalation. Read more about gas stoves and indoor air pollution in this latest fact sheet….

Safety Gathering Tips for Holiday Parties

This is a friendly reminder from EH&S to follow best practices outlined in “Tips for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at USC Holiday Parties” when hosting or attending holiday parties….

Emergency Eyewash & Shower Activation Guide Sheet – Now Available

Emergency eyewash and shower stations are required at all work areas where eye and/or skin may come in contact with substances that cause severe irritation, corrosion, permanent tissue damage, or are toxic by absorption. It is essential to know how to activate this equipment in advance of an emergency. Read the guide sheet for more…

October 2022 Researcher Spotlight

October celebrates both ABSA International Biosafety Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition of these preeminent campaigns, EH&S is highlighting the outstanding contributions of USC biomedical researchers working on breast cancer research. This year’s notable researcher is Evanthia Roussos-Torres, MD, PhD at the Department of Medical Oncology in the Keck School of Medicine….

“How to Use a Biosafety Cabinet (BSC)” Video – Now Available

This recently published video demonstrates how to properly use a Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) at the University of Southern California (USC). EHS covers established lab safety protocols that reduce bio research contamination risks and protect you while working inside a BSC. SUBSCRIBE to the USC EH&S channel for more tips and information on health & safety….