Lab Safety & Chemical Hygiene Program

Overview of Laboratory Worker Responsibilities for Safety and Environmental Compliance

Every individual who works in a UCSB laboratory (employee, student, postdoctoral scholar, faculty member, or other person) has responsibilities for safety and environmental compliance.

  1. Comply with applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, University policy and accepted safe work practices - see the UCSB Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  2. Observe environmental, health and safety related signs, posters, warning alarms and written directions.
  3. Learn about potential hazards associated with their work and work area; know where information on these hazards is kept for their review; and use this information when needed.
  4. Participate in health and safety training applicable to their work situation.
  5. Follow procedures and observe precautions for the use of special materials (such as carcinogens, acutely toxic chemicals, radioactive materials or biohazards), as detailed in the laboratory’s use-authorizations, and Lab-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan, and the Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the material.
  6. Always use personal protective equipment per UC policy and engineering controls (e.g., fume hoods) appropriate to the work and understand their proper operation.
  7. Be familiar with the location and general content of the UCSB Emergency Information Flipchart posted in their area. Know the locations of their local safety shower/eyewash, fire extinguishers, first-aid kit and Emergency Assembly Point. Participate in emergency drills.
  8. Curtail or stop their work if they reasonably believe continuation of the work poses an imminent danger to health or safety, and immediately notify their supervisor, or Environmental Health & Safety. Warn co-workers about defective equipment and other hazards.
  9. Participate in required inspection and monitoring programs.
  10. 10. Never work under the influence of substances or circumstances that have adverse effects on cognition.