Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 09:32:54 -0400
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From: Kim Auletta <kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU>
Subject: CHO vs PI/Lab Mgr responsibilities
Along the lines of the ongoing discussion for CHO responsibilities, what 
about the PI/Lab Manager responsibilities? 

Our EH&S dept is hosting a Safety Expo June 15 for National Safety Month ( and I'm giving a 40 minute talk on 
"Principal Investigators & Laboratory Managers - You are responsible for a 
safe lab operation".

Here's my initial list:
Know and implement the guidelines and procedures of the Chemical Hygiene 
Plan and other EH&S Policies. Include provisions for these policies in 
grant proposals.
Write specific operating procedures or protocols for handling and 
disposing of hazardous materials and equipment used in their laboratories. 
Ensure written procedures are used by lab staff.
Train laboratory staff in these operating procedures and ensure the use of 
proper control measures.
Conduct routine inspections of laboratories with their laboratory 
Ensure that all appropriate controls including fume hoods and safety 
equipment are available and in good working order in their laboratories.
Ensure that all incidents occurring in their laboratories are reported to 
EH&S and that a written Incident Report is filed.
Complete annual inventories of hazardous materials as required in their 
laboratories and provide them to EH&S.
Ensure laboratory employee access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) 
and update of the "TOP 20".
Hold lab staff accountable for all safety rules.
 What else would you expect to see or what did I leave out? I'm not 
limiting the talk to chemical safety, but general safety for labs. Any & 
all input is greatly appreciated!

Kim Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
EH&S    Z=6200
Stony Brook University
FAX: 631-632-9683
EH&S Web site:

Remember to wash your hands!

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