New PI Onboarding
The Quick Start-Up Guide for New Principal Investigators below is a ready reference for new PIs as they begin their research careers at USC.
|Quick Start-Up Guide for New Principal Investigators|
Prepare your lab for startup by addressing the following:
- Complete the New PI Safety Management Training
- Contact EH&S via the online form or firstname.lastname@example.org to establish an EHSA account and schedule a lab consultation with a member of the Lab Safety team. Provide the following details:
- 10 Digit USC ID #
- All lab spaces (including sub rooms such as tissue culture rooms, cold rooms, etc.)
- All lab personnel that will work in your research space
- Do you have IBC or IACUC protocols? Will you utilize controlled substances (e.g. Buprenorphine, Ketamine, Euthasol, etc.) for animal work?
- Ensure all lab personnel receive initial GLS training prior to starting research in your lab. They can register for the training on the EH&S Training Registration Website.
- If all lab personnel have already received initial GLS training, please ensure they have received Annual Refresher Training within the last calendar year.
- Complete the LHAT for your lab.
- This document should be updated annually and sent to email@example.com.
- Provide lab-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for all hazardous materials. You may download, edit, and review applicable EH&S SOPs.
- All lab personnel must review SOPs annually. Please ask all lab personnel to review and sign the acknowledgment pages attached to each SOP.
- Update EHSA information (e.g. inventory management.
- Chemical Inventory – refer to the EHSA SOP Chemical Inventory Management document for detailed instructions.
- Door Signs – Refer to the Create Placards for Lab Locations SOP for step-by-step instructions. NOTE: Door signs can only be generated once your full chemical inventory is entered into EHSA.
- Hazardous Waste – Refer to the Hazardous Waste Pickup + Supplies Request SOP for step-by-step instructions.
- Post the Spill Notification Procedure to inform your lab personnel of appropriate chemical spill notification.
- Ensure you have an appropriate chemical spill kit stored in an easily accessible location within the lab.
- Post the 1-2-3 Serious Injury Reporting Flyer poster in the lab to inform your personnel of appropriate emergency response protocol.
- Ensure you have an appropriate ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 Class A first aid kit.
- You may refer to the First Aid Kit Guide Sheet for more detailed information and a list of recommended vendors.
Detailed information regarding General Laboratory Safety Inspections may also be helpful to review prior to beginning work in your lab.