CBBP-Lab Safety Instructions

  1. All members of CBBP labs (researchers, students, volunteer students, visiting researchers, industry partners) must have completed U of T’s WHMIS & Lab Safety Training program available at https://ehs.utoronto.ca/our-services/chemical-and-lab-safety/whmis-lab-safety-training/ .
  2. Any food or drink is strictly prohibited in CBBP labs.
  3. Any researcher intending to use CBBP facilities and labs must wear a proper lab coat and safety glasses. 
  4. Powdered nano particles (cellulosic, ceramic, metallic, or of any other nature) must be kept and stored in CBBP labs in their original packaging in the designated storage areas.  Plastic zippers/bags are not allowed to store these materials.
  5. All chemicals and other materials must be labelled properly and stored at the researcher’s allotted workplace. In no circumstances are these materials allowed to be stored in offices.
  6. Acids, alkali solutions, solvents, and all other similar chemicals must be stored at designated places and they must be used in a properly working fume hood. 
  7. Expired, unidentified and un-claimed chemicals must be disposed of periodically as per safety committee instructions.
  8. Material testing and characterization equipment must be used only after getting permission from the respective in-charge and booking the facility online at https://cbbpuoft.com/
  9. The use of 3D-Xray Tomography equipment requires special permission, orientation, and mandatory X-ray safety training. Please consult Mr. Christian Belachew before the use of this equipment.
  10. Each and every use of testing/characterization equipment must be properly reported in the respective log-book available beside each machine. Failure to comply will result in a ban from the use of the machine, and the researcher will be allowed only after written permission from Prof. Sain.  
  11. Compounding and extrusion equipment, especially TSE 25/40, must be used only after getting training from the concerned in-charge as mentioned below. It is the responsibility of the user to clean the equipment and surroundings after the experiment.
  12. The TSE and compounding equipment must be run with neat PP at the end of experiment to ensure that the screw and die are cleaned thoroughly.
  13. To ensure safety of the user and others, it is not permitted to use equipment and facilities after 5 PM, and 4:30 PM in July and August. In case of any urgent project, prior permission must be obtained from Prof. M. Sain or Dr. Muhammad Pervaiz/ Dr. Samir Konar.
  14. All gas cylinders must be harnessed properly.
  15. It is the researcher’s responsibility to consider all his/her research “health and safety” precautions before using any equipment or facility.
  16. No one is allowed to simulate, interfere, or repeat a co-researcher’s work or indigenously developed procedure, until and unless permission is obtained from Prof. Mohini Sain.   

Routine and Periodic Housekeeping

  1. All graduate students and other researchers are responsible to keep their work-area tidy and clean at all times.
  2. At the end of any research project, the concerned researcher or student must remove all unused chemicals/materials and dispose these materials to the designated area or handover to Dr. Samir Konar.
  3. CBBP facilities are of high profile and are frequently toured by visitors from partner research institutes, industries, and government funding agencies. Your full cooperation is required to participate in periodic housekeeping calls as announced from time to time.


Safety Personnel

  • Dr. Samir Konar
    Senior Researcher – CBBP
    ESC: 2025, email: [email protected]
  • Dr. Muhammad Pervaiz
    Facility Coordinator – CBBP
    ESC:1008, email: [email protected]
  • Christian Belachew
    CBBP Pilot Facilities, Compounding, Extrusion and 3D Tomography
    ESC: 1009, email: [email protected]