LabsEmployee Safety Handbook for lab safety tips. Report hazardous material spills or leaks to the Office for Research Safety.
Volunteer and Visitor Lab Use
As a leading research university, Northwestern University enjoys various kinds of resources to which persons who are not members of the University community seek access. Insofar as possible, and consistent with the University’s primary responsibility to its students, faculty, and staff, the University makes such resources available to qualified members of the local community (many of whom, such as students from other institutions, serve as volunteers in University facilities) as well as researchers from the larger national and international academic communities.Individuals can volunteer their services to Northwestern University without being paid. According to federal regulations, the individual must meet the following requirements:
- The individual is either receiving academic credit for their time at NU or they are receiving training at NU similar to what they would receive in school.
- The training the individual receives is for their benefit.
- The individual does not displace regular employees and works under close supervision.
- NU doesn't derive immediate advantages from the activities of the individual.
- The individual is not necessarily entitled to a job at the end of the training period.
- NU and the individual understand that the individual is not entitled to wages for the time spent training.
The agreement covers situations in which persons who are not formally associated with the University visit Northwestern laboratories and/or participate in activities there. Volunteers and visitors are defined as persons who have no formal affiliation with the University such as formal faculty, staff, research, or visiting scholar appointments or who are not enrolled in a formal degree or non-degree program sponsored by the University. Non-degree programs include the National High School Institute, the Center for Talent Development and the College Preparatory Program.
The agreement form must be completed before a volunteer or visitor has access to laboratory facilities and equipment. Department should retain the original and fax one copy to the Office of Risk Management at 847-467-7475.
Lab Injury ProtocolHang this up in your lab for a quick reference guide on what to do if someone gets injured.
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