PI General Rights & Responsibilities
Laboratory supervisors and Principal Investigators have direct responsibilities for the safety of their workers under campus policy (Policy #5400), UC policy and the law. To assist in understanding these responsibilities, below is an overview of some specific safety tasks. Note that you may delegate specific tasks, but you can not delegate your supervisory responsibilities for safety. Items below are not meant to be a list of all possible safety responsibilities. For example, it does not address the specific requirements associated with radiation use, or use of infectious materials for which specialized safety regulations and committees exist (see Authorizations below). Please contact EH&S with questions.
1. Training Requirements
There is training requirements for all researchers at UCSB to complete before working in the laboratory. Start by reviewing Safety Training Requirements for New Lab Members
The Three Primary Training Requirements Are:
Per OSHA, workers need to be made aware of the significant hazards of their workplace via documented training. Safe work practices must be conveyed, particularly for: new employees; employees given new work assignments for which training has not been previously received; when new hazards are introduced, etc. If there is an injury, or employee complaint to OSHA, investigators will probably ask for training records of your workers.
UC instituted a Laboratory Safety Training Policy. The policy and associated procedures are described in Sec. II of the UCSB Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan.
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