This manual applies to all employees and students in order to protect them from exposure to hazardous chemicals and situations that may endanger their health and safety. A conscious effort by all personnel to follow these guidelines is essential to achieve a safe work environment.
The science faculty and research staff serve as role models for their technical staff, students and other laboratory support personnel. They must insist that appropriate laboratory procedures be followed at all times. Support personnel working in proximity should also be informed about potential hazards and what to do in the event of an accident or emergency.
To ensure a safe work environment everyone involved in chemical/laboratory operations must be safety conscious. Safety becomes part of the work attitude through repeated discussions, meaningful in-service training and the demonstrated commitment of the College administration, faculty, support staff and students. It is in everyone’s best interest to carry out chemical work in accordance with good health and safety practices.
The policy of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry is as follows: NO EMPLOYEE, STUDENT, OR VISITING SCIENTIST SHALL CONDUCT ANY RESEARCH, INSTRUCTION, OR PROCEDURE IN A MANNER WHICH JEOPARDIZES THE HEALTH OR SAFETY OF ANY PERSON, OR THE ENVIRONMENT.
The College also has a commitment to protecting the environment. Hence, all chemical waste must be disposed of in accordance with applicable laws and with environmentally sound procedures that minimize their potential harm. When appropriate, every effort shall be made to reduce, reuse, or recycle any chemicals to remove them from the waste stream.
Other occupational safety plans exist at the College and include a Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan; Confined Space Entry; Respiratory Protection; Personal Protective Equipment; and Lead in Construction, Hot Work, and others. Contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety for more information.
The most recent version of this manual is available at https://www.esf.edu/ehs/lsg/guidea.htm.