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.
- 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.
- Observe environmental, health and safety related signs, posters, warning alarms and written directions.
- 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.
- Participate in health and safety training applicable to their work situation.
- 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.
- Always use personal protective equipment per UC policy and engineering controls (e.g., fume hoods) appropriate to the work and understand their proper operation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Participate in required inspection and monitoring programs.
- 10. Never work under the influence of substances or circumstances that have adverse effects on cognition.