BioRAFT

 

BioRAFT is an online platform that enables users to easily organize and manage many high level aspects of a research laboratory; including personnel, equipment, and laboratory safety.  The ultimate goal of utilizing BioRAFT is to increase safety and compliance in laboratories without detracting researchers’ attention from their research.  BioRAFT provides users with digital access to safety compliance and regulatory documentation and materials in a single platform. 

What can users do in BioRAFT?

  • Receive and easily respond to lab safety assessments
  • Inventory equipment (e.g. biosafety cabinets) with ability to upload service/calibration reports and attach to specific equipment, as well as the capacity to track calibration due dates
  • Upload and store documents such as lab-specific protocols and chemical hygiene plans, so that they can be easily accessed and reviewed by lab members
  • Determine lab members user access and permissions to BioRAFT based on job description (e.g. Lab Member, PI User, etc.).

All laboratories are required to be registered in BioRAFT. Registrations in BioRAFT are tied to the principal investigator rather than a specific protocol or lab space.  PIs are encouraged to complete the General Setup Wizard (see PI Lab Setup guidance document below for step-by-step process) and minimally include current lab group members and verification of lab spaces used by the group.  Please note that to have a group member other than the PI set up the lab profile, the PI must first add the individual as a member of the lab and ensure that group compliance liaison access is granted for the individual.  Adding group members can also ensure EH&S is able to contact group members in the event of emergencies, such as floods, to minimize damage to expensive equipment and downtime.

Additionally, BioRAFT allows EH&S to track important safety compliance trends among the research community.  This information can give individual labs an idea of where to focus their safety compliance efforts.

If you have any questions about BioRAFT, please visit our FAQs page or contact us at askehs@umass.edu.

BioRAFT Guidance Documents

Guidance for PI Lab Setup – This guide offers step-by-step guidance for PI’s completing the General Laboratory Setup Wizard, which is required upon initial login to BioRAFT.

Guidance for Lab Assessments – This guide provides a step-by-step process for receiving and responding to Lab Assessments performed by EH&S. 

BioRAFT FAQs- Answers to commonly asked questions about BioRAFT