FPE Lab Safety Training Protocol

If you will be working in the Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) Laboratory and have already identified a Principal Investigator (PI, typically an FPE Professor), then you are required to complete the following steps for laboratory safety before working in the lab. Once completed, you will be granted access on your UMD ID card to access the necessary laboratory facilities.

  1. Take the New Laboratory Researcher Training offered by the UMD Department of Environmental Safety:
    -    Select New Laboratory Researcher if you are a graduate student or New Laboratory Researcher for Undergraduates if you are an undergraduate conducting research.
    -    You must log in to register for either course. If you do not have a UMD username and password yet, see Christine O'Brien (cobrien3@umd.edu) in the FPE front office, or talk to your PI. If you cannot find an appropriate laboratory training time, please discuss the issue with your PI.
  2. Review the FPE Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
    -    Depending on the laboratory you work in, different procedures may need to be reviewed. For all laboratory personnel, you are required to read and review the CHP for the standard FPE laboratory and the general SOP.

    All Laboratory Staff:
    Main FPE Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
    General FPE Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

    If you are working for/with Dr. Gollner or Dr. Sunderland
    Gollner/Sunderland Laboratory Chemical Hygine Plan (CHP)

    Additional Standard Operating Procedures Needed (Discuss with your PI which are necessary for your assignments)
    1.    FPE Lab Standard Operating Procedure
    2.    Cone Calorimiter
    3.    Smoke Chamber
    4.    Vertical Panel
    5.    Fire Box
    6.    LIFT Apparatus
    7.    Fire Room
    8.    Cup Burner
    9.    Wind Blower
    10.  Fire Whirl Setup
    11.  Pulsed Burner
    12.  Saltwater Tank and Laser
  3. Take hands-on laboratory training provided by the FPE laboratory manager.
    This training may be scheduled by emailing Olga Zeller (ozeller@umd.edu) and setting up an appointment. It should take approximately 1 hour. At the beginning of each semester, a time will be set to offer training for the majority of students and staff. At off-times, please schedule an individual appointment.
  4. Discuss the safety of specific experiments and procedures with your principal investigator.
    Every student or laboratory staff member is required to meet individually with their laboratory PI to discuss specific safety requirements based on their duties in the laboratory. After meeting, proceed to step 5 and complete the required form (pdf).
  5. Both students and their PI should sign the Laboratory Personnel Safety Check List and submit a copy to Christine O'Brien (cobrien3@umd.edu) the FPE front office together with the evidence of completion of the New Laboratory Researcher Training to receive laboratory access.

* For students interested in serving as Fire Protection Engineering ambassadors who would perform standard lab demonstrations, please review this video.