Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 09:34:20 -0700
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From: "Gibson, James" <jgibson**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UCLA.EDU>
Subject: Re: CHO vs PI/Lab Mgr responsibilities
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FYI - Please see below link to UCLA’s Chemical Hygiene Plan.  Chapter 1 contains lists of responsibilities for laboratory researchers and other related personnel.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

James H. Gibson, PhD, MPH
UCLA Office of Environment, Health and Safety
501 Westwood Plaza, 4th Floor - MC 160508
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1605
Tel: 310-206-6544

From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Benedict, Kathryn Grace
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 8:53 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] CHO vs PI/Lab Mgr responsibilities

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

From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Barbara Mowery
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:39 AM
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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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