Information for New Principal Investigators
Welcome to the EHS page for new principal investigators! Whether you are new to the university or have recently become a principal investigator after previous work here, we are sure that you are eager to begin contributing your work and ideas to one of the nation’s top public research universities. We understand that achieving compliance while beginning your research can seem overwhelming, and we hope that the information and links on this page will help you get started.
Remember, health and safety is always a team effort. Together, we strive to make Louisiana State University a safe and healthy place to teach, learn and serve.
Introduction to EHS
EHS request that you schedule a meeting with an EHS manager. The purpose of this meeting is for you to provide basic information about your research and provide you with support for setting up your lab. This informal meeting will introduce the guiding principles of EHS at LSU. You will be introduced to the EHS Assistant, a safety/environmental database, that provides tools for researchers to maintain regulatory compliance and improve safety culture at LSU.
Dr. Enitra Jones, Biological Safety Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dr. Jason LeJeune, Laboratory Safety Manager, email@example.com, or
Dr. Jerry E. Steward. Chemical Safety Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete Appropriate Trainings
The On-line Training Section of the Environment, Health and Safety Department’s website provides a list of the training classes that are offered online. The site also contains information for classes that are instructor-led. The EHS Assistant tracks and records your training history.
This Training Matrix illustrates some of the requirements for specific work environments. Please note this matrix is not inclusive of all training and medical surveillance.
Utilize the Chemical Inventory System
A comprehensive chemical inventory is a component of the EHS Assistant and must be updated annually. Chemicals to be included are any hazardous chemicals (flammables, combustibles, corrosives, toxics and highly toxics, carcinogens, reactives, reproductive toxins and compressed gases) that are in storage or use in your laboratory. It is imperative that inventories are up to date in case of fire, chemical spills or other emergencies.
- More information about EHS Assistant chemical inventory system
- Online EHS Assistant chemical inventory system
Laboratory Entrance Signs
Laboratory entrance signs are required by regulatory agencies and are essential to safety by providing critical information to lab users, visitors, and emergency responders, alerting them to specific hazards in the respective lab. Lab entrance signs are to be posted at all entrances to each functionally separate laboratory. In an open space lab design (such as seen in Genetics Medicine Research Building), each bench will have signs posted to specify the Principal Investigator and specific hazards located on that bench.
- If your research utilizes radioactive materials, please visit the Radiation Safety site.
- Responsible Conduct of Research
- Responsibilities of Researchers Using Recombinant DNA/Human Gene Transfer Experiments
- Safe Use of Hazardous Materials in Research
- Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions