RESPONSIBILITIES

The Safety Committee is responsible for recommending the minimum requirements that all laboratories must follow.  In addition, to develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures for the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of hazardous substances.  The Safety Committee will review the Chemical Hygiene Plan (Laboratory Safety Manual) as required.

Dean and Department Chairpersons are responsible for maintaining compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

The Laboratory Supervisor, Faculty Advisor, or Principal Investigator (PI) has the overall responsibility for compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan in his or her laboratory.   These responsibilities include:

1. That laboratory workers and others entering the laboratory know and follow chemical hygiene/safety rules.
2. That proper laboratory attire is worn and protective equipment is provided, in working order, and is used. (See Personal Protective Equipment in Section III)
3. That appropriate training (See Training Requirements in Section II) and oversight on the safe use of hazardous substances, laboratory equipment, personal protective equipment and emergency procedures is provided to all occupants of the laboratory. Training must be documented and updated periodically and whenever new hazards or changes are introduced.
4. Ensuring that unsafe acts, conditions or inadequate facilities are reported to their Chair/Director.

Individual Laboratory Workers (employees and students) are responsible for:

  1. Planning and conducting each operation in accordance with the requirements and procedures outlined in this Chemical Hygiene Plan and by their laboratory supervisor.
  2. Wearing appropriate laboratory attire. (e.g., no open-toed or open-backed footwear, no shorts)
  3. Wearing a long lab coat and eye protection in the laboratory when required by their laboratory supervisor or when hazardous materials are being used.
  4. Ensuring that all containers of chemicals are properly labeled with the identity of the chemical and its hazards.
  5. Reporting unsafe acts or conditions to their laboratory supervisor or the EHRS Department.

The Director of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety or his/her designee shall be the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer.  The EHRS Department will establish procedures to:

1. Monitor the procurement, use, and disposal of chemicals used in the laboratories.
2. Assure, on a periodic basis, that appropriate laboratory safety inspections are conducted and that records are maintained.
3. Provide assistance in complying with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and help employees develop safety precautions for new projects.
4. Understand the current legal and procedure requirements for regulated substances.

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is:

1.

Available on the EHRS website at www.usp.edu/safety/lmanual/index.htm

2. Consistent with the University's safety policies.

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