Expanding Lab Safety Training to Include Topics in Sustainable and Efficient Lab Operations

Rob Cinq-Mars, University of New Hampshire

Research institutions most always require laboratory personnel to complete a range of applicable safety training courses. Topics can include: Biosafety, Waste Handling, Chemical Storage and Management, Bloodborne Pathogens, Laser Operation, Radiation Safety and, etc. In this presentation, the argument is made that lab training should be expanded to provide adequate awareness and training on topics associated with Laboratory Sustainability and Efficiency. Potential training topics discussed include the following:

  • Fume hood, sash and ventilation operation and awareness
  • What to turn off and what to leave ON!
  • Benefits and implementation of wireless monitoring and control in labs
  • Sharing instruments and lab resources

Laboratory Electrical Topics, to include:

  • Electric power options available in labs
  • Back up (Generator) circuit usage
  • Power filtering for sensitive instrumentation
  • When and how to apply uninterruptable power supplies
  • What to know about power adaptors?
  • Safe and proper use of power strips

Learning Objectives

  • What training course relating to laboratory sustainability and efficiency, might be of particular value to institutions?
  • What might the content of each of these courses look like?
  • Can these training modules be facilitated on-line and be required as now done with laboratory, chemical, and biological safety training?
  • What are the benefits of the proposed training to both the PI and institution?


Rob Cinq-Mars is a senior electrical engineer employed as an Analytical Instrumentation Engineer III at the University of New Hampshire. He has been involved with the specification, acquisition, installation, maintenance and repair of scientific instruments at the University for fifteen years.


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