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C. Personnel and Activities Covered by this Plan

This Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan apply to all work involving hazardous materials, conditions and activities in USC laboratories. All personnel (Faculty, Principal Investigators, lecturers, students, research staff and others) working in a USC laboratory are required to follow the provisions of this Plan.



D. Acknowledgement

The Chemical Hygiene plan portion of this document was adopted from a similar document prepared by Professor Stephen L. Morgan, of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.




Chapter II. Roles and Responsibilities




A. Department Chair

The Department Chair has the responsibility and the authority to implement University health and safety policies. The Department Chair has the following specific responsibilities:




  • Enforce laboratory safety policies and regulations within the Department

  • Designate a Department Safety Coordinator

  • Review and grant approval for minors to participate in laboratory activities

  • Consult with EH&S in evaluating facility requirements of potential research faculty hires

  • Consult with EH&S in evaluating suitability of new laboratory construction or renovations for research work for which the space is being prepared for

  • Ensure that new faculty hires communicate and work with EH&S during laboratory start-up

  • Ensure that laboratories are properly closed-out (all hazardous materials removed) when research faculty leaves the University



B. Department Safety Coordinator




Appointed by the Department Chair, the Department Safety Coordinator responsibilities include:


  • Attending Department and University safety meetings

  • Communicating safety policies to faculty and staff

  • Reporting to EH&S any laboratory incident or hazardous conditions that they notice or are made aware of


C. Supervisors (Principal Investigators, Teaching Instructors, Facility Manager)

The Supervisor's include Principal Investigator, Teaching Instructor and Facility Manager who is in charge of the laboratory. The supervisor's duties are:




  • Instruct all personnel to conduct work in accordance with the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene plan

  • Appoint a safety officer for the research group also known as Group Safety Officer

  • Define the location of designated areas for work with particularly hazardous substances and ensure that an inventory of these substances is properly maintained

  • Review and approve standard operating procedures for work with particularly hazardous substances, equipment and activities

  • Define hazardous operations, designating safe practices and specifying protective equipment

  • Ensure that all staff receives EH&S –sponsored general safety trainings as well as lab-specific instructions and training in safe work practices, use of personal protective equipment, and procedures for dealing with accidents. Provide documentation of completed trainings for each lab personnel (See Appendix 10).

  • Direct all personnel to obtain protective equipment necessary for the safe performance of their job; employees in identified areas of potential risk, and/or those with exposures requiring medical surveillance are to be referred to Thompson Student Health Center.

  • Monitor the safety performance of personnel with regard to required safety practices and techniques

  • When required, arrange for workplace air samples, swipes, or other tests to determine the amount and nature of airborne and/or surface contamination, inform employees of the results, and use data to aid in the evaluation and maintenance of appropriate laboratory conditions

  • Assist USC EHS personnel in performing lab safety activities when requested

  • Formulate procedures for dealing with accidents that may result in the unexpected exposure of personnel or the environment to hazardous substances

  • Investigate accidents and report them to EHS; Institute procedures that will minimize the repetition of accidents (see Part X Section E for the Accident/incident Report Form);

  • Report to EHS incidents that cause (1) personnel to be seriously exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials, or that (2) constitute a danger of environmental contamination (see Part X Section E for the Accident/incident Report Form)

  • Take action to correct work practices and conditions that may result in the release of hazardous materials

  • Instruct laboratory personnel to properly dispose of unwanted and/or hazardous materials

  • Ensure that the approved Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene Plan is available to all lab personnel at all times during work hours

  • Arrange for non-laboratory personnel (e.g., contractors and support personnel) to be informed of potential hazards they may be exposed to when working in their laboratory, and provide proper instruction to minimize the risk of harmful exposure to hazardous materials

  • Complete and maintain current a chemical inventory for each laboratory under supervision

  • Provide access to safety data sheets of all chemicals used in the laboratory and maintain printed copies of safety data sheets of ALL particularly hazardous substances



D. Group Safety Officer

Designated by the Laboratory Supervisor, the Group Safety Officer is responsible for evaluating and making recommendations on safety issues that concern their laboratory and the entire Department. Specific responsibilities include:




  • Participating in periodic safety audit of their laboratory as requested by EH&S

  • Advising and assisting their laboratory supervisors in training new personnel

  • Disseminating safety information to research group members

  • Conducting self-audit of their laboratory

  • Inspecting and maintaining safety equipment such as chemical spill kit, biological spill kit, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, safety shower and eyewash

  • Annual review and updating of the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • Maintaining an accurate chemical inventory

  • Filing an accident/incident report form following a laboratory incident resulting in injury or illness, when a near miss incident that might have been more serious occurs, whenever an accident involving fire with flame occurs, and when hazardous substances are releases or spilled



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