Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Lab Safety Primer

Each ESD laboratory maintains a Lab Safety Primer that provides ready access to information needed to work safely in a specific technical work area. The "Primer" as this is also called was originally developed by Margaret Torn's lab, with subsequent contributions from ESD researchers.

The Primer will include copies of all relevant work authorizations, documentation of "on the job training" and other items as noted in the Templates section below. Each person working in a laboratory should know the location of the Lab Safety Primer and read it. Note that printed materials from various on-line databases that are included in the Primer are for reference only as they may not reflect what is currently listed within the on-line databases. You should rely upon the on-line databases and resources for the most up to date content and information.

The following are templates that employees and Labspace Lead PIs may use to start creating a Primer. The Labspace Lead PIs and employees are encouraged to customize them as appropriate for a given technical work area.

Templates to create your own primer