Safety Coordinator Checklist

As a Safety Coordinator, you will have important responsibilities. This checklist can be used as a starting point to help you navigate through the initial stages of this invaluable position.

As our first layer of communication with Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), we thank you for being part of our community.


  1. Become familiar with various resources located on the Research Safety website.
  2. Review the relevant safety trainings for your research space.
  3. Walk around the spaces you are responsible for as a safety coordinator throughout your department.
  4. Introduce yourself to the labs you are responsible for (if you do not know them already).
  5. Identify and introduce yourself to other Safety Coordinators in your area by referring to the Safety Coordinator Roster.
  6. Introduce yourself to your EHS Representatives. Setting up a face-to-face meeting with these inspectors is encouraged!
  7. Encourage lab-specific and faculty participation. You can suggest case-study activities to begin the discussion about safety in lab meetings.
  8. Introduce yourself to your department safety committee chair.
  9. Remember to ask questions and engage!