Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 10:53:13 -0500
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From: "Benedict, Kathryn Grace" <katbene**At_Symbol_Here**ILLINOIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: CHO vs PI/Lab Mgr responsibilities
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Your list is excellent! Although it may be present or implied in your outline, I think it is critical to ensure that emergency pre-planning is also an element of safe lab operations.
For chemicals/biotoxins that means knowing what high hazard materials you have, training on their use and what you do in an emergency. For exposures- are there rescue therapies or antidotes available? What size exposure might cause a potential lethal dose?
Please contact me if you’d like more information.

Kathryn Benedict
Assistant Director, Division of Research Safety
Head, Chemical Safety Section
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] CHO vs PI/Lab Mgr responsibilities

Ii is my understanding that documentation of training, inspections etc is a necessity, but I don't see it specifically listed in any of these materials. I know that when insurance underwriters visit our campus, they always ask for that-I use it as motivation to keep my records in good order.
On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM, Kim Auletta > wrote:
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 employees.
 *   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!

Barbara Mowery
General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
Physical Sciences Department
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Road
York PA 17403-3651
113 Campbell Hall         717-815-6480      Fax 717-849-1653

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