2: Responsibilities 

Implementation of the Laboratory Safety Standard at the College/University is a shared responsibility. Employees, supervisors, laboratory safety officer, chemical hygiene officer, department heads, deans, and other administrative staff, all have roles to play. These roles are outlined generally below.

2.1.1 College/University-Wide

The CSB/SJU, in conjunction with their departments, is responsible for developing and supporting a broad-based chemical hygiene program that will protect its laboratory employees from health effects associated with hazardous chemicals. Management is responsible for integrating safety into all of its activities, for promoting the same attitude among all levels of employment at the College/University, and for providing adequate time and recognition for employees who are given laboratory safety responsibilities.

2.1.2 Chief Executive Officer: CSB President Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, SJU President Dr. Dietrich Reinhart

Ultimately responsible for chemical hygiene within the institution and must, with other administrators, provide continuing leadership and support for institutional chemical hygiene.

2.1.3 Academic Provost and Dean: Dr. Henry Smorynski and Dr. Rita Knuesel

Ultimately responsible for the health and safety of their staff. With other administrators, must provide adequate facilities, laboratory guidelines and develop strategies to implement the chemical hygiene plan. Make budgetary arrangements for health and safety improvements.

2.1.4 Biology Department Chair: Dr. Jean Marie Lust O.S.B.

In collaboration with the faculty and staff, facilitates the implementation of a laboratory-specific chemical hygiene plan. Determines that guidelines are followed, including timely reviews, training and record keeping of the department's safety plan.

Make budgetary arrangements for department-specific health and safety improvements

2.1.5 Chemical Hygiene Officer: Mr. Ganard Orionzi

Work with the administration and other employees to develop and implement appropriate safety policies and procedures.

Monitor the procurement, safe use and disposal of chemicals used in all Biology laboratories.

Monitor the performance of appropriate safety and maintenance audits in the biology department.

Knows the current legal requirements concerning regulated substances.

Seeks ways to improve the chemical hygiene plan.

2.1.6 Biology Laboratories Safety Officer: Dr. Ellen Jensen

Serves as safety liaison between the biology department and the rest of the institution.

Makes budgetary recommendations to the Academic Safety Officer for health and safety improvements.

Participates in the institutional safety committee.

2.1.7 Biology Department Safety Committee: Dr. Ellen Jensen (chair), Dr. Elizabeth Wurdak and Ms. Carol Jansky

Maintain inventory of health and safety supplies.

Evaluate internal policies and procedures; and make health and safety recommendations.

Maintain the on-line chemical inventory, assign or review HMIS ratings, and update MSDS.

Monitor chemical use.

Supervise chemical disposal.

Develop and implement departmental safety audits.

Oversee annual review of the safety plan.

Follow all CSB/SJU health and safety standards and laboratory rules.

2.1.8 Laboratory Supervisors: all Faculty and Biology Lab Coordinator

Work with Biology Department Safety Committee to evaluate internal policies and procedures, and make health and safety recommendations.

Follow all CSB/SJU health and safety standards and laboratory rules.

Become informed of the chemical and physical hazards of the chemicals and of the methods for handling these hazardous chemicals safely.

Supervise chemical use and disposal.

Ensure appropriate use of all prescribed protective equipment.

2.1.9 Project Directors: Faculty Researchers and Advisors for Student Research

Follow all CSB/SJU health and safety standards and laboratory rules.

Become informed of the chemical and physical hazards of the chemicals and of the methods for handling these hazardous chemicals safely.

Provide chemical inventory and MSDS information to biology safety committee for all chemicals used.

Supervise chemical use and disposal during a particular operation or procedure.

Wear or use all prescribed protective equipment.

2.1.10 Laboratory Worker: Student Workers/Researchers

Follow all CSB/SJU health and safety standards and laboratory rules.

Report any hazardous conditions to the Biology Department Safety Committee. If you have any difficulties resolving safety issues, contact the Academic Safety Officer (Ganard Orionzi).

Wear or use all prescribed protective equipment.

Refrain from operating any equipment or instrument without proper instruction or authorization.

Become informed of the chemical and physical hazards of the chemicals and of the methods for handling these hazardous chemicals safely.

Request and obtain information and training from project director, when unsure of how to work safely.

CSB/SJU will provide employees with MSDSs for all chemicals with which they may come in contact. Employees have the responsibility to familiarize themselves with the information contained in these MSDSs.

The immediate supervisor of a laboratory employee is responsible for scheduling time for the employee to attend designated training sessions, and for assuring that potential hazards of specific projects have been identified and addressed before work is started. The supervisor is also responsible for enforcing safe work practices and for reporting hazardous conditions to the college or departmental laboratory safety officer.

Each laboratory employee is responsible for attending safety training sessions, following safety guidelines applicable to the procedures being carried out, assuring that required safety precautions are in place before work is started, and reporting hazardous conditions as they are discovered. Employees who have significant responsibility for directing their own laboratory work are responsible for assuring that potential hazards of specific projects have been identified and addressed before work is started.