Safety and Compliance

Laboratory Safety


This section provides guidance on state and federal regulations as well as semi-annual work-space reviews for areas dedicated to science or medical based research on campus.  USF St. Petersburg and USF Tampa offer collaborative services on a number of compliance areas to include: monitoring chemical inventory, aiding with hazardous waste disposal, safety training, and spill response.

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Research and teaching laboratories at USF St. Petersburg are reviewed on a set semi-annual schedule to assist in maintaining compliance with safety regulations and procedures.

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Chemical Inventory at USF St. Petersburg is maintained through an online system referred to as HITS (Hazardous Inventory Tracking System). This system provides the laboratory personnel to identify and manage their chemicals from delivery to disposal stages.  HITS also serves as a resource to emergency response personnel.  In order to obtain access to HITS, submit a HITS request form.


Fume hoods are an essential tool when working with materials that are aromatic or volatile, vapors, gases, or fine particles that are easily lifted by air flow. There are numerous types of fume hoods. USF St. Petersburg Fume hoods are scheduled to be tested annually to ensure that the proper air flow range is met.  The value of air flow identified each year can be found on the yellow card attached to the fume hood.  For requests or questions concerning fume hood flow please click here: include online survey request for fume hood flow.


The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) applies to all laboratories at USF St. Petersburg and all members in the lab; each lab member is required adhere to the CHP while functioning in any USF laboratory. The CHP is required to be easily accessible in all laboratories. Many of the guidelines monitored during the semi-annual lab reviews are listed in the Chemical Hygiene Plan . It is the responsibility of the Principle Investigator to read, disseminate and impose the Plan to their staff.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) SOPs are highly effective and essential in ensuring that safety and quality of research procedures are maintained in a lab regardless of the operator performing the procedure. SOPs are required for all laboratory work and must be pre-approved by EHS.

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Gas Cylinders must be secured at all times. Examples of proper storage include sturdy brackets, straps, chains, holding cages, or non-tip bases.  Always be aware that gas cylinders can pose many hazards if not handled and stored properly to include: asphyxiation, combustion, explosions, physical fragmentation (due to tanks shooting off as a result of puncture or improper/uncontrolled gas release.

Compressed Gas Association: Standards


It is imperative to report all safety related incidents, injuries and spills. Providing detail concerning these incidents assist in preventing repeat issues.  Additionally the USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg Safety & Compliance department provide assistance in managing hazards that result from incidents such as a chemical spill or bodily injury.  Always take caution when responding or reacting to an incident in your laboratory and contact USF Tampa for spill clean-up.

USF Chemical Spill Kit Guidelines
USF Small Chemical Spill Cleanup Procedure


USF Tampa Environmental Health & Safety provides a training matrix of research and lab related safety requirements and guidelines. Training is available online and in person.

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Hazardous waste disposal lists are developed by federal and state environmental agencies such as the DOT, EPA and DEP. Disposal and collection of these identified hazardous items is also monitored by some of the same agencies.  Hazardous wastes generated by USF St. Petersburg facilities are managed by the USF Tampa Environmental Health & Safety office.

USF Hazardous Waste Program