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Training Material for Online Test

Use the following resources to study for the online test. There are 7 modules. General is mandatory, the rest optional. The most comprehensive study material is safety manual. We also have presentations for each module, some with voiceovers. Please go through these at your own pace. Once you feel confident attempt the Online Safety Test

  1. General Safety: This module is mandatory for all. This is the longest presentation. Expected length is 60-70 mins. Some of the details may seem irrelevant for your research. Unfortunately, we co-habit these hazards. It is important to know the basics so you can navigate safely. [PPTVIDEO PART 1VIDEO PART 2Another VIDEO
  2. Chemical Safety: Required for all those who plan to work with chemicals (NFPA rating > 1). This is a very common hazard on campus. If you are unsure, take the test. Expected length 60-70 mins. [PPTVideo
  3. Required if you plan to use gas cylinders or cryogens in the lab. Expected length 20 mins for each presentation. [Gas safety PPT, Cryo safety PPT].
  4. Biological Safety: Required for all who plan to work in bio-labs. Expected length is 20 mins. [PPT
  5. Electrical Safety: Required for all who plan to use high voltage, or high electrical power in their labs. Expected length 40 mins. [PPT
  6. Laser Safety: Required if you plan to use lasers in your lab. Expected length 20 mins. [PPTGuidelines
  7. Radiation Safety: Required if you plan to use radioactive sources. Expected length 60 mins. [PPT]


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  • Who is responsible for safety in lab?
    Individual faculty in-charge are responsible for establishing rules for safe conduct in lab. They are also responsible for enforcing access control, training regimen, obtaining PPE, and getting regulatory approvals. For details see Section 5 of Safety Policy .
  • Can OLSEH help in identifying hazards in my lab
    Yes, please contact safety.olseh@iisc.ac.in to schedule an audit visit. For high-risk labs a profession HAZID study can also be done. 
  • Does OLSEH also manage safety aspects of construction, CCMD, utility infrastructure, etc? 
    No. CCMD and Dean (P&I) are in-charge of those. OLSEH only focuses on laboratory safety. The only exception is fire hydrant and other special fire safety infrastructure, which is managed by OLSEH. 
  • I disagree with Safety Officer on some aspect. Who can I escalate the issue to? 
    You can contact anyone in the Safety Committee. You can also contact Department Safety Champion of your department, and request them to follow-up. 
  • We have some department/building level safety issues. How do we resolve these? 
    Department Safety Champion can submit a proposal to OLSEH. Please refer Safety Funding. 
  • Does IISc provide funding for safety? 
    Yes. Please see the Safety Guidelines under Safety Policy. 
  • How do I apply for funding to improve safety? 
    Please see the Process for Accessing Fund for safety under safety policy. 
  • Can OLSEH help in disposing chemical waste? 
    Yes, please fill the chemical disposal form. 
  • How do we procure new fire extinguishers or repair old fire extinguishers? 
    OLSEH is in the middle of finalizing a rate contract for all extinguishers on campus. You  can use these. The process will be implemented by Dec 2020. 
  • Is OLSEH & Security Office nature of work equivalent? 
    No, OLSEH only focuses on laboratory safety.  
  • Whom do we contact during emergency in Laboratory? 
    Contact Security Office  
  • Whom to submit the incident report? 
    OLSEH Office.
  • Whom to report near Miss Incident or Accident? 
    OLSEH Office. 
  • Whom to report unsafe practices in Labs?
    OLSEH Office. 
  • Which safety systems must be purchased with project funds?
    1. PI must purchase PPE with project funds. PPE are often cheap and easily budgeted as consumables in project proposals. Most PPE are readily available from local vendors with same/next-day delivery. These suppliers also stock imported and high-quality PPE. OLSEH can provide references. Online purchase is also an option. In case a specialised PPE cannot be sourced, OLSEH is happy to work out a solution, e.g., long-term rate-contract or batch purchase.

    2. Regular maintenance of lab safety equipment, even essential ones like hoods, must be managed by department or PI. Departments are requested to explore AMC and other long-term maintenance contracts. Funding can come from departmental expenses or project funds.

    3. Safety systems needed for specialised lab equipment must be purchased with project funding. There is a precedence of funding agencies supporting safety equipment, provided there is a strong justification. 
  • Is it possible to get partial funding from IISc?
    For old equipment (purchased before these guidelines) or in exceptional circumstances, IISc can provide partial funding, up to 80% of the total cost. These decisions are taken on a case by case basis by the Insititute Administration, on the Divisional Dean’s recommendation. After technical diligence, OLSEH will forward these requirements to the relevant Divisional Dean Office.
  • Who processes the PO?
    Funds are transferred to Department expense accounts. In minimal cases, like rate contract for the fire extinguisher, OLSEH will manage the purchase process.
Last Updated : April 8, 2021
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