April 25, 2017, Volume 63, No. 32
Policy on Non-Affiliates Visiting Penn Research Facilities
For the purpose of this policy, non-affiliates are people who are not University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff, graduate or professional students or post-doctoral/clinical trainees. Non-affiliates include all elementary, high school and undergraduate students. The principal investigator/supervisor of the entity is responsible for assuring that all non-affiliates in his/her facility are appropriately supervised and comply with the requirements of this policy. Please note that this policy addresses only people visiting labs. For students and other non-affiliates actively participating in labs, see below for the “Policy on Undergraduate Students, High School Students and Non-affiliates Participating in Research in Penn Research Facilities.”
Requirements for visitors to Penn laboratories:
- Visitors must be approved by the principal investigator/supervisor.
- Visitors must be accompanied by a laboratory staff member.
- Visitors must sign in with security staff (in buildings with manned security stations).
- Visitors must wear proper laboratory attire: long pants, closed-toed shoes, lab coats and eye protection.
- Visitors must not be permitted to handle or be exposed to hazardous chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials or animals.
- Foreign national visitors/non-affiliates must not be given access to export controlled equipment or materials without appropriate eligibility screening.
Requirements for visitors to Penn vivaria are detailed in the IACUC facility “Visitation Policy” at www.upenn.edu/regulatoryaffairs/Documents/visitor%20policy.pdf
Summer Research: Policy on Undergraduate Students & High School Studentsin Research in Penn Research
During the summer many students and people unaffiliated with Penn participate in research in University laboratories. To provide for their safety and to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, the University established the Policy on Undergraduate Students, High School Students and Non-affiliates Participating in Research in Penn Research Facilities. This Policy was last published in Almanac on April 19, 2016.
In summary: Principal Investigators are responsible for assuring that all students and non-affiliates working in their laboratories are appropriately trained and supervised and comply with the requirements of the Policy. Programs for high school students must comply with requirements described in the Vice Provost’s of University Life current year’s “Special Summer Programs Protocols.” A consent signature sheet must be submitted to the Principal Investigator/Sponsor with signatures from both the high school student and parents.
High school students and undergraduates must attend laboratory safety training offered by the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS). Students must register for a class at http://www.ehrs.upenn.edu/resources/training/hsugform.html Check the EHRS website http://www.ehrs.upenn.edu/training/dates/ for training schedules or contact EHRS at (215) 898-4453 to schedule a program for a particular group.
Proper attire (long pants, closed toed shoes, lab coat and safety glasses) must be worn when working the laboratory.
Please contact EHRS firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 898-4453 for additional information.