2. Responsibilities
  1. Management
    Department heads, deans, supervisors, vice-chancellors and the chancellor are responsible for ensuring that individuals under their management have the training and authority to implement appropriate health and safety policies and practices relative to the Laboratory Standard and per campus policy #5400.
  2. Laboratory Supervisors/Principal Investigators
    The term “supervisor” at UCSB refers to anyone having direct supervisory authority, and includes staff administrators, class instructors, research assistants, managers, and faculty. The supervisor is the key individual in a successful lab safety program. Supervisors are responsible for developing and implementing the CHP for their laboratories, particularly the development of appropriate SOPs for their lab-specific section. A helpful guideline to many common specific tasks of a lab supervisor can be found online. Supervisors can delegate specific tasks, but can not delegate their overall responsibility.
  3. Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
    Develop safety education and monitoring programs to help maintain a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors in order to facilitate the research and teaching functions of the University. Support research and instructional activities by developing legally-mandated programs; provide technical guidance and consulting; and assist departments in program implementation. Make every effort to keep operations functioning smoothly in labs while meeting health, safety and environmental obligations.
  4. Chemical Hygiene Officer
    The Lab Standard specifically calls for the appointment of a Chemical Hygiene Officer by the employer:
    “An employee who is designated by the employer, and who is qualified by training or experience, to provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.” This CHO role at UCSB is currently assigned as follows:
    • UCSB Departments: Chemistry & Biochemistry; Materials; Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering: Alex Moretto, Chemical Laboratory Safety Officer, Physical Sciences Building North 2660, 805.893.6630, moretto@chem.ucsb.edu
    • All Other UCSB Laboratory Departments/Units: Jim Casto, EH&S Interim Laboratory Safety Program Manager, Bldg. 565, 805.893.3588, jim.casto@ucsb.edu

    CHO Duties: develop and distribute the UCSB Chemical Hygiene Plan to laboratory supervisors. Assist and advise faculty and staff in the customization and implementation of their CHP as requested/needed. Describe the provisions of the CHP to those attending the Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety orientations. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the CHP. As a member of the Laboratory Safety Committee, advise campus management on the effectiveness of CHP implementation and make recommendations for upgrades to the program. Serve as interface with Cal-OSHA regarding CHP issues.

  5. Laboratory Safety Committee
    The UCSB Chemical Safety Committee reviewed and approved earlier versions of the UCSB Chemical Hygiene Plan as drafted by EH&S. In 2010 the committee was superseded by the Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) as co-Chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Research and the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Services. The LSC functions as a venue for EH&S/CHOs to receive input from the campus laboratory community on the content and effectiveness of the CHP and other lab safety issues.
  6. Departments and Organized Research Units
    • Under the campus Injury and Illness Prevention Program (Cal-OSHA requirement), and the associated UCSB written program, the department/unit Head or Chair is identified as the individual with the authority and responsibility to implement the IIPP. The IIPP is the umbrella OSHA regulation, under which all worker safety program exist.
    • To assist the Chair/Unit Head, each department has a Department Safety Representative (DSR) who coordinates health and safety program elements in the department and serves as a liaison with EH&S. The department may also have a Management Services Officer, or lab managers.
    • General oversight of department operations and communicating with supervisors/personnel any relevant safety issues, problem solving, and preplanning for emergencies.
    • Per UC policy, departments are responsible for ensuring that all new lab workers attend a Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety orientation before lab access is granted - see Sec. III.C.1.
    • Ensure that all operations under departmental control develop and implement lab-specific CHPs. While individual lab supervisors have the primary responsibility, department administrations need to coordinate and support these efforts.
  7. Laboratory Workers (non-supervisors: graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral staff; permanent staff, visiting researchers, etc.)
    General responsibilities are below - a more complete list is online.
    • Follow established work policies and procedures, including the UC Personal Protective Equipment policy; Laboratory Safety Training policy, CHP and authorizations from campus safety committees.
    • Attend and actively participate in appropriate safety training.
    • Notify the laboratory supervisor or EH&S of any unsafe or potentially unsafe condition.
      Workers also have rights under the law - See also the UCSB Injury & Illness Prevention Program
      • to be informed of the hazards in their workplace
      • to be properly trained on safe work practices
      • to be provided appropriate personal protective equipment needed for the job at no cost to them
      • to file a complaint with Cal-OSHA if they feel they are being exposed to unsafe conditions and no reprisals can be taken against them. Workers are encouraged to report safety concerns to EH&S.
  8. Facilities Management - see Section III.C.5