What Principal Investigators and Supervisors Need to Know
Principal Investigators (PI’s) and supervisors are responsible for promoting safety and ensuring regulatory compliance in their research areas.
PI's and supervisors have these responsibilities:
- Keep laboratory, experimental, or other workspaces assigned to you safe.
- Provide and document appropriate safety and health training for students and employees under your direction or supervision.
- Provide appropriate personal protective equipment to students and employees under your direction or supervision.
- Be sure that people and activities under your direction comply with all applicable federal, state and campus regulations.
The State of Illinois, University policy, or federal regulations dictate the following requirements for principal investigators and supervisors:
- If you conduct laboratory research, you must take the online General Laboratory Safety training. Depending on your research activities, additional training may be required.
- If chemicals are used in your laboratory, you must have a Laboratory Safety Plan
- If you use human tissues, transgenic animals or plants, recombinant DNA, or other biological materials, you must register with the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
- If you have or use radioactive materials, lasers (Class 3b or 4), or x-ray machines, you must register these with DRS.
- If you receive or initiate shipping of hazardous materials, you must have Hazardous Materials Awareness training (DOT). Some shipments will require additional training.
- If you actively conduct research in your laboratory, comply with the requirements for laboratory workers.
DRS Services and Guidance
- What Training Do I Need?
- Request a regulated waste pickup
- Emergency Response Procedures
- Request consultative assistance from DRS
Other Services and Guidance
- Three ways to become a great safety mentor
- National Research Council. Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014
- Claims Management Office
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (formerly called the IRB)
- UI Division of Public Safety
- Division of Safety and Compliance
- Campus Administrative Manual
Last Update: 1/6/2017