Environmental Health and Safety Office


*Under Construction*

Janet Meeks
Environmental Health and Safety Office Supervisor
Central Plant #107
Cell: 927-1879

Lisa Johns
Environmental Health and Safety Office Technician
Biosciences Building (BSB) #112
Cell: 777-8926

Emergency Preparedness & Response Information


Information and Resources 

  • Students
  • Researchers
  • Staff 
  • Visitors

Information for Visitors:

Information for Students: 

Information for Researchers:

Autoclave Information

Emergency Response Procedures

Equipment Disposal

Attachment 1: Procurement Authorization for Certain Hazardous Chemicals
Attachment 2: Agreement for the Use of Hazardous Materials
Attachment 3: List of Acutely Hazardous P-coded Waste
Attachment 4: Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste Turn-in Form
Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste Turn-in Form (with instructions)

  • Lab Close-out Procedures & Checklist

Forms and Signage 


Laboratory Decommissioning Policy


Personal Protective Equipment

Policies and Guidelines 

Respirator Protection: JABSOM Medical Students

Please review handout and videos before fit testing (required):

Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirator Training Handout

Respirator Safety: Donning, Doffing, User Seal Checks (US Department of Labor Video, 12/16/09)

Difference Between Respirators & Surgical Masks (US Department of Labor Video, 12/16/09)

For your information:

Respirator Matrix in Hospital Clerkships
NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators (Those listed in red font on table are also FDA approved as a surgical mask)
Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers (US Department of Labor Video, 1/12/11)

REMINDER: Do not eat, drink, or brush your teeth 30 minutes prior to your fitting. Men must also be cleanly shaven.

Respiratory Protection

  • Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirator Training
  • Requirements for the use of respirators / Appendix D
  • Respirator Safety: Donning, Doffing, User Seal Checks (US Department of Labor Video, 12/16/2009)
  • Difference Between Respirators & Surgical Masks (US Department of Labor Video, 12/16/2009)











Safety Training 

Safety Training Video Clips:

  • Removing equipment from fume hood
  • Sash height safety on fume hood
  • Walking by fume hood

Video Clips courtesy of and also available for download from the University of Nevada Reno EH&S Department.

JABSOM Laboratory Safety Training Information:
Lab Safety training is required for anyone working in a JABSOM laboratory setting. Training covers contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan, physical and health hazards of chemicals, methods and observations used to detect hazardous conditions, as well as JABSOM Kaka’ako specific policies.

Training classes are three hours in length and are held at the JABSOM Kaka’ako facility.
Registration is required. Email the instructor Janet Meeks (meeksj@hawaii.edu) to register for the training.

You can view the JABSOM Kaka’ako Lab Safety Training Schedule, below. Note: classes may be canceled if registration is low. If a class is canceled, registrants will be notified by email.
For more information about training, please go to the Training Requirements link below.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Templates


Ergonomics in the workplace

OSHA Ergonomics: Computer Workstations

OSHA’s Educational Materials for Laboratories
Included at this link are materials under the following topics:

-OSHA Standards
-Standard Interpretations
-Other National Consensus Guidelines (e.g. ANSI, NFPA)
-Hazard Recognition
-Specific Hazards (e.g. chemical, biological, physical, safety)
-Exposure Evaluation
-Chemical Hygiene Plans
-Safety Practices

OSHA’s Laboratory Safety Guidance Document

Memorandums and Notices


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What do I do with my Acrylamide Waste?

  • Polymerized acrylamide gels (solid) may be thrown into the regular municipal trash.
  • Unpolymerized gel waste (liquid) or semi-polymerized gel waste (liquid/solid) must be submitted to EHSO as hazardous waste.
  • Unwanted acrylamide material reagent (solid powder form or liquid solutions) must be submitted to EHSO as hazardous waste.

What do I do with my Ethidium Bromide Waste?

  • Ethidium bromide agarose gels and gel related wastes (e.g. gloves, pipet tips, kimwipes) must be contained in a leak-proof, puncture-proof container. Do not use red or biohazard labeled bags to contain the waste. Submit waste to EHSO as hazardous waste.
  • Ethidium bromide solutions or reagent powder must be contained separately and submitted to EHSO as hazardous waste.

What do I do with my WASTE or UNWANTED MATERIALS?

  • Refer to the Kaka`ako Waste Disposal Guidelines or contact JABSOM EHSO.

What are my Flammable Storage Limits?

  • The maximum limit for flammables stored outside of approved flammable storage is 10 gallons per lab room.

How do I MAIL chemical, radiological, biological hazardous materials?

  • Contact JABSOM EHSO for assistance.

Which Training Classes am I required to take?

  • All those who work in a Kaka`ako BSB lab are required to complete the following:
    -Lab Safety Once
    -Initial BioSafety and Annual BioSafety thereafter
    -Biowaste & Autoclaving Once
    -Biosafety Cabinet Once
    -Annual Bloodborne Pathogens Training and Certification (available online) for those who work with human material (including cell lines, fixed tissues, RNA)
    -Initial Bioshipping and Biennial Recertification thereafter for those who transport, ship, receive biological commodities
    -Initial Kakaʻako Hazardous Waste Generator Training and Annual HWG Training thereafter
    -Initial Radiation Safety and Annual Radiation Safety thereafter
  • Please use the Safety Training Checklist to keep track of your training dates and refer to the Kakaʻako Safety Training Schedule updated periodically. You may also want to visit the various EHSO Safety Program Web Sites for more information about the training classes offered.

What do I do if the Autoclave is malfunctioning?

  • Contact the Facilities Management Office.
  • Refer to the Kakaʻako BSB Standardized Autoclave Protocol for proper use of the autoclaves and the Kakaʻako Waste Disposal Guidelines for proper treatment of biohazardous waste.

Phone: 692-1855


651 Ilalo Street
BSB 112
Honolulu, HI 96813