Research & Laboratory Safety

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of all safety and environmental programs, including the Chemical Hygiene Plan. EH&S will assist with and monitor compliance with the CHP. EH&S will review the CHP annually, update if necessary, and notify departments of any changes. In addition, EH&S will inspect fume hoods, drench showers and eyewashes, perform exposure and hazard assessments, provide general laboratory training and chemical specific user awareness training.

Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO):

A Chemical Hygiene Officer is required under this program. The CHO is an individual who can provide technical guidance in the implementation of the CHP. The EH&S Laboratory and Environmental Safety Manager acts as the CHO for the Center for Marine Science (CMS) and the UNCW campus. The CHO will provide the general laboratory training and the chemical specific user awareness training.

Department Chairs:

Department chairs are responsible for supporting the Principal Investigators and laboratory staff with the resources necessary to ensure compliance with this program. This includes providing training, time away from work to attend training sessions, safety equipment, and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Individuals:

Individual laboratory workers are responsible for wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, ensuring that hazards are minimized and controlled, adhering to prescribed safety rules and regulations, and following the Standard Operating Procedures.

Hazard Identification:

Chemical hazards within the laboratory will be identified by the use of hazard communication signs, chemical labels, a chemical inventory, and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

Hazard Communication Signs:

Laboratory and other potentially hazardous work areas will have a hazard communication sign at all doors leading into the workspace. These hazard communication signs will identify the categories of potentially hazardous materials contained in the lab.

Emergency contact information will also be included on the sign. This emergency contact information will provide the names and phone numbers of individuals who would know the hazards that may result from an emergency in the laboratory.

EH&S will provide the hazard communication signs for the laboratories after receiving a completed Laboratory Safety Data Sheet for the laboratory. The Laboratory Safety Data Sheet and the hazard communication signs will be reviewed annually and revised if necessary by the CHO and Principal Investigator.


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