Introduction

Section II addresses the campus policies, procedures and resources which are core/universal and apply to most labs. In order to free lab supervisors from independently having to address these issues in their Chemical Hygiene Plans (CHP), they are provided herein. In Section I the laboratory-specific issues/SOPs for a particular lab must be addressed.

The information here is a formal part of the UCSB Chemical Hygiene Plan. Therefore, all lab personnel are responsible for being familiar with this information and following the prescriptions therein as they apply to their work. Almost all of the issues addressed herein are based on current regulations and codes, such as those of the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA); Cal-EPA; CA Fire Code, etc.

Addressing Non-Chemical Hazards

The Lab Standard requires the addressing of chemical safety issues, but not other lab hazards. For example, biological and radiological hazards, electricity, high/low temperature and pressure, etc. Therefore, those issues are largely not addressed in this CHP, but instead are referenced:

  • Via the links in the Introduction section, e.g., Radiation Safety Program; Biological Safety Program. These areas have their own requirements addressed therein.
  • Via links in Section II to the free general reference book: Prudent Practices in the Laboratory, from the National Research Council. This reference is widely recognized as a definitive reference on laboratory safety and all researchers are strongly encouraged to bookmark its location or buy a hardcopy for their areas.

 

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory

 

Researchers are however encouraged to include non-chemical hazards present in their laboratories in the lab-specific section I of their CHP. As an example, this could be accomplished via SOPs for equipment or protocols such as vacuum pump/line maintenance, or centrifuge use.

 

Minors in Laboratories and Shops:
A UC policy describes the limitations on minors working in these campus areas. A summary of the policy can be found here. The lab supervisor/PI has the primary responsibility for following this policy in their areas.