Environmental Health & Safety

The Department of Neuroscience is mandated by institutional (EnHS) and external governmental agencies (OSHA, NYFD, EPA, etc.) to ensure the training, understanding, and safety of laboratory personnel by using regulatory compliance guidelines for the handling, shipping and disposal of all chemicals, biological and radioactive materials.

MSSM Environmental Health and Safety Offices
We have included some of the most important topics and links below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for below please use link above.

Lab Safety Officers’ (LSOs’) Meetings & Minutes

Contact List

Neuroscience Lab Safety Officer (LSO) / Departmental Safety Officer (DSO)

Bill Janssen
Extension: 85972
Email: bill.janssen@mssm.edu

Jaime Rodriguez
Extension: 85982
Email: jaime.rodriguez@mssm.edu

Hot Topics & Links

  • Radiation/Laser Safety
  • All laser and x-ray producing equipment should be registered with the Radiation Safety Office (RSO)
  • Biological Safety (PDF)
    • Needlesticks – Immediately contact Phil Hauck at ext. 45169. Additional information is available in the LSM/Spills and Emergencies (second page)
  • Hazardous Material Shipping
  • Recycling Program
    • Green – lined containers (generally seen by freight elevators) are for the sole purpose of recycling. Please encourage this practice in your lab. Items include paper and plastic products which can be combined – do not sort. Empty drinking bottles and coffee cups can also be included but should be dry – no liquids.

Training & Compliance

  1. MSMC Clinical & Research Lab Safety Manuals (LSM’s)
    LSM’s contain general safety information covering topics that includes; spills and emergencies, chemical labeling and storage, waste disposal, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), chemical inventory, etc. A hard copy must be available and present to the lab at all times (contact EnHS). A631 lab personnel must have read and be trained in the use of this manual. A signature of all personnel stating they have been trained an are familiar with the LSM should be kept in the manual. All updates and addendums (see LSO’s meetings and minutes above) must be printed and updated to this manual Is is the PI’s responsibility to ensure compliance is ensured.

  2. Lab Safety Officer (LSO)/Department Safety Officer (DSO)
    Each lab must have at least one designated LSO who will attend quarterly departmental safety meetings where EnHS updates are presented. While the LSO(s) should ensure all information is then passed to lab personnel, compliance updates are ultimatedly the PI’s responsibility. The LSO can address any concerns to the Departmental Safety Officer(s) or contact EnHS directly (askEHS@mssm.edu)
  3. Chemical Safety Hygiene
    An OCHP is required for all laboratory personnel (http://intranet.mountsinai.org/cats/listing/list/1). Scroll to Chemical Hygiene Plan, click on the educsation button and review the material. Click on the laboratory chemical hygience quiz and take the test. Print the certificate for your LSM records.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • -Funds have been released by the Dean’s office for lab coat to be given to full time personnel (2 each). Rotating students will have access to a general coate supply (see administration office).
    • -ALL visitors must war a minimum level of PPE when entering any lab space consisting of a lab coat, close-toed shoes and safety goggles.
    • -Hazard assessments; PPE hazard assessments for all protocols must be submitted to EnHS for assignment of PPE level, INCLUDING protocols where no PPE is required.
    • -Lab coats available upon request in the administration office.
  5. Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Questionnaire for AALAC Compliance (PDF)
    OHS questionnaires are required for all lab personnel who work with or may be exposed to animals in the course of their work.
  6. Annual Chemical Inventory
    A complete chemical invernotry must be maintained at all times for every laboratory. An annual update is due before each new year (December). The form(attach a pdf) can be found on the intranet at http://intranet1.mountsinai.org. Click “Corporate Services”, then “Corporate Compliance”, “Environmental Health and Safety” and finally “Forms”. This is a regulatory requirement. Since the list is quite large to be included in the safety manual it is best to include a CD copy with the binder.
  7. MSSM Eyewash Weekly Inspection
    It is each labs responsibility to test and post proof of a weekly inspection. The inspection consists of simply running the test station to check its functioning, as well as to discard any residual rust from the lines.
  8. Certificate of Fitness (CoF)
    Labs are required by the FDNY to display an updated CoF outside entrances to your lab. It is recommended that there be at least two CoF’s per floor. All personnel are required to know the departmental floor CoF whose role is to ensure chemical and fire safety standards dictated by the NYFD. If interested in obtaining a CoF contact Hector Maldondo (x44132, Hector.Maldondo@mssm.edu)