Laboratory Safety Policy
- The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is
committed to providing a safe environment for all its students,
staff and faculty. The department chairperson or his/her
designate, coordinates the safety program in the department and
is responsible for ensuring its compliance and implementation.
The department safety coordinator will be familiar will all
applicable University, State and Federal safety rules and
regulations that pertain to third level educational
- The Department Safety Policy and the Laboratory Safety
Manual will be reviewed annually by the faculty and approved by
the Tufts University Department of Public and Environmental
- To ensure a safe environment in the department, any student
centered activity will have associated with it a cognizant
faculty or staff member who is responsible for the safe conduct
of the students engaged in that activity. It is the
responsibility of this cognizant individual to assure that
applicable safety regulations are considered, that good safety
practices are followed, that appropriate safety equipment is
made available, and that necessary safety training is completed.
- At the beginning of each semester, the department safety
coordinator will conduct a safety inspection of all teaching and
research laboratories, classrooms and other space commonly used
by students. A safety checklist will be used to record the
results of the inspection. Any safety concern will be reported
in writing to the appropriate faculty and the chairperson.
- Safety information related to the department will be emailed
periodically to all students, staff and faculty. All accidents
involving staff, students or faculty should be reported to the
main office immediately. If an accident occurs in a teaching
lab, it is the responsibility of the faculty / teaching
assistant to report the accident. The reporting of accidents
that occur in research laboratories is the responsibility of the
faculty in charge of the laboratory. In the case of a student
centered activity such as a club or student organization, the
associated cognizant faculty or staff member who is responsible
for the safe conduct of the students has the responsibility of
reporting an accident.
- A laboratory safety manual will be included with all
laboratory assignments. During the first laboratory assignment,
the faculty or teaching assistant conducting the laboratory will
review the safety manual with the students.
- Work areas, aisles and passage ways must be kept clean and
free from obstructions that could create a hazard. Laboratory
floors must be maintained and kept in a dry condition.
- Appropriate operator training is required for all students,
staff and faculty who work on potentially hazardous equipment or
conduct hazardous experiments.
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