The University of Tennessee Policies on Safety and Health

SUBJECT: H. LABORATORY SAFETY

EFFECTIVE: 3/15/86

REVISED 7/1/90

The SO has the responsibility to inspect laboratories for safety and health hazards, evaluate protective devices and review laboratory safety policies and procedures.

Inspection of laboratories by the SO shall include, but are not to be limited to:

  1. Laboratory Chemical Inventories.
  2. Electrical Exposures.
  3. Housekeeping and Storage.
  4. Physical Hazards.
  5. Handling of Hazardous Waste/Materials.

Evaluation of protective devices by the SO shall include:

  1. The annual inspection of fume hoods for flow and discharge by either the SO or a designated contractor. (More frequent inspections of laboratory fume hoods may be necessitated by a change in occupancy or use of the laboratory).
  2. The inspection of eye wash facilities, safety showers, and other safety or protective devices.

The SO will serve as the consultant to laboratory personnel for the development of a written plan or policy for its safe use and the SO shall determine both compliance and currency of the plan/policy. The laboratory's written policy on safety should include: policy on authorized use, incident and accident reporting, first aid provisions, hygiene and compliance with environmental policies and other laws. Such written policy shall also incorporate the requirements set forth in "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories" {29CFR 1910.1450} effective May 1, 1990.

The practices of the laboratory's personnel in the storage and handling of supplies and waste shall also be included in the SO's inspection of each laboratory location.

Each laboratory shall display the appropriate signage relating to its use, hazards and persons to notify in case of an accident or emergency.

Those laboratories which are designated as the listed location for radioactive materials shall be within the joint purview of the Campus SO and the designated Radiation SO.
(See J. Radiation Safety)