University Environmental Health and Safety
Indiana University is committed to 1) ensuring the safety of its students, employees, and visitors; and 2) complying with all applicable regulatory environmental, health, and safety requirements. Although individual units are free to go above and beyond stated requirements, in order to ensure that a minimal level of protection is maintained, all laboratory operations must satisfy all Federal, State, and Local regulations as well as any guidance developed by Indiana University organizational units designated with the authority to do so.
This policy and associated procedures set Indiana University’s expectations in the area of laboratory safety, toward the goal of protecting individuals, ensuring effective operations, and satisfying Federal, State, and Local regulations (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), etc.). Indiana University’s Principles of Ethical Conduct (principles.iu.edu) specifically mention a culture of compliance with laws, regulations and policies; ethically conducting teaching and research; and promoting health and safety in the workplace.
ANSI – American National Standards Institute.
Designated Responsible Authority – An individual who responsible for ensure that all activities within their laboratory are conducted in accordance with this policy.
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency.
Hazardous Material – any substance that presents a potential hazard to the user from a biological, chemical, radiological, or other perspective.
IUEHS - University Environmental Health and Safety.
Indiana University Property – Buildings, grounds, and land that are owned by Indiana University or controlled by Indiana University via leases or other formal contractual arrangements to house ongoing IU operations.
Laboratory - A workplace where chemical, biological, radiological, animal, or hazardous machinery are used for study or research on a non-productive (i.e., not for the routine, methodical production of large volumes of materials or data for commercial sale) basis.
Lab Manager - A staff employee responsible for managing laboratory operations.
Lab Safety Coordinator - A safety officer designated, when requested by IUEHS, for a school, department, or other subdivision by the dean, chairman, or director to serve as liaison to IUEHS when IUEHS determines that the standard practice of contacting the laboratory directly is not meeting the communication needs due to the number of laboratories, scope of research or complexity within the organization.
Lab Supervisor - A staff employee responsible for supervising laboratory personnel.
Laser - Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A monochromatic, coherent beam of radiation not normally believed to exist in nature.
OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
PrincipleInvestigator – The lead scientist that plans and/or conducts the laboratory research and assumes the overall supervisory responsibility for laboratory operations and project completion.
NIH – National Institutes of Health.
NRC – Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Principal Investigator (PI) - The lead scientist that plans and/or conducts the laboratory research and assumes the overall supervisory responsibility for laboratory operations and project completion.
SOP- Standard Operating Procedure.
Failure to follow the requirements of this Policy can subject the employee to progressive disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Failure of the employee's supervisor to enforce the requirements of this Policy may result in temporary or permanent closure of the laboratory and subjects the supervisor to progressive disciplinary action, in accordance with University policies. Work may be halted in laboratories where lack of compliance with requirements represents a danger to individuals.
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Updated contacts and definition of Lab Safety Coordinator; May 2018.
Updated definition of Laboratory; February 2016.
This policy was established in 2015.
Updated definition of laboratory to include a defintion of "non-productive" laboratories.
Withdrawn by UFC 02-23-2016