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Requirements and Responsibilities

Section 2 presents the principles and responsibilities that make up the policy framework supporting the Hutchinson Center Chemical Hygiene Program.

2.1 Principal Investigator
The primary responsibilities of the PI or supervisor concerning the control of hazardous materials and the health and safety of lab workers under their supervision are as follows: 1. Appoints a lab safety coordinator (LSC) for each lab or project. The LSC serves as the contact between EH&S and the lab, promotes safe lab work practices, and cooperates with EH&S in conducting lab safety audits annually. If an LSC is not appointed, the PI performs the duties of lab safety coordinator in the lab(s) under his or her direction. 2.Receives authorization from EH&S to use a select carcinogen by completing the Chemical Carcinogen Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement for each project. (See Section 4.) (The term select carcinogen is defined in Section 12.11.) An authorized MUA user or holder is a Center faculty (member, associate member, assistant member), staff scientist, director or other qualified personnel recognized by EH&S to have sufficient knowledge, experience, and training to fulfill the role and responsibilities of holding an MUA. MUA holders are responsible for complying with Center, local, state, and federal regulations for health and safety with respect to the specific MUA (carcinogens, etiologic agents, and radioactive materials). 3. Ensure that his or her lab staff are working in a safe environment. This responsibility includes ensuring adequate safety training, supplying the necessary engineering controls, and providing personal protective equipment needed for all procedures and worksites under his or her direction. PIs and supervisors must ensure that safety precautions for new or unusual procedures, worksites, or equipment are documented. 4. Provides personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, face shield, goggles, disposable clothing, and safety equipment. 5. Ensures that his or her employees attend the requisite safety training. 6. Reviews each new worker’s Hazard Exposure Assessment (HEA) Form to ensure accuracy. Updates the HEA as necessary to reflect current hazard exposures. See Chapter I, Section 1 for details on the HEA. 7. The PI or LSC must provide training to new lab employees for materials and applications specific to their work which are not covered in this manual. The lab safety coordinator, appointed for each lab, serves as the primary EH&S contact for that lab or project, orients new staff to the lab, cooperates with EH&S in conducting lab safety audits annually, and helps to promote safe practices as follows:

EH&S has developed the Annual Laboratory Safety Audit Form. and eye protection when handling chemicals. 2. . radionuclides. share the responsibility for safety conditions throughout the Center. is required reading for all lab workers handling hazardous chemicals. EH&S. handling procedures. EH&S contact: EH&S will regularly contact the LSC for purposes of updating MUAs for select carcinogens. If requested to help. as well as Chapter VI. and emergency response information for the chemicals he or she is handling. The LSC should ensure procedures found in the HAMM and department specific procedures are followed. Know the physical and health hazards. during lab safety training. wear a lab coat. If health and safety policies or procedures described in this manual are willfully disregarded. EH&S recommends that the LSC perform annual lab safety audits in the areas of his or her supervision. the director of EH&S should be notified immediately. Lab workers should expect the LSC or PI to provide safety training for materials and applications specific to their work not covered in this manual.4 EH&S EH&S designs the Hutchinson Center safety programs with the assistance of the safety committees. Recourse for non-cooperation: When the LSC believes that required or appropriate safety procedures are not being followed in the lab for reasons beyond his or her control. along with PIs. such as EH&S contacting the PI or other concerned individuals. 4. Staff This chapter. At a minimum. supervisors and department heads. and by his or her LSC or PI. and works with facilities to ensure a safe workplace.1. etiologic agents. EH&S provides lab coats.16. 2. 3. 3. Follow the instructions provided in this chapter. appropriate gloves. safety training. the LSC should seek assistance from the PI. New lab staff orientation: The PI or LSC must provide safety training to new lab staff for materials and applications specific to their work not covered in this manual. 2. and is responsible for the instructions provided in this manual. Promotes safe practices: To promote safe lab practices. a copy of which can be found in Section 12. and recombinant DNA experiments in the lab. Hazardous Waste Directory. EH&S will consult with the LSC about appropriate action to take. Each person working in a lab must: 1.