Last Updated: March 24, 2017 1:32:56 PM PDT
Learn about research Area Safety Coordinator responsibilities and resources.
Research Area Safety Coordinators (ASCs) play a vital role in helping achieve worker safety and regulatory compliance within labs. Large laboratories with multiple locations may need more than one ASC to be effective.
Research Area Safety Coordinators can use the information below to assist them carry out their responsibilities.
Important: Principal Investigators, Area Managers and Supervisors remain accountable and ultimately responsible for workplace safety and compliance in areas under their control, even if they designate an Area Safety Coordinator.
Following the EH&S onboarding process is critical to ensure new researchers receive initial EH&S training, are assigned to high hazard use authorizations and the personnel protective equipment assessment (LHAT). Ensure personnel protective equipment fittings are conducted by EH&S and assigned PPE has been documented.
ASC action items for new researcher onboarding:
ASC ongoing action items:
- Process authorization requests in a timely fashion
- Update lab locations if location is changed
- Track all trainings
- Track all personal protective equipment.
ASC action items for departing researchers:
Individual Principal Investigators, ASCs and Supervisors must identify job-specific hazards and make sure lab personnel complete safety training appropriate for their work. Keep all training records for a minimum of 3 years.
Go to the Safety Training for Researchers page for Environment Health & Safety (EH&S) user-specific training instructions.
- Research Area Safety Coordinators are a contact person for safety audits conducted by Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S).
- EH&S will review area safety performance during scheduled audits and work cooperatively with ASCs to address any problems.
- Correct problems identified in the audit, or notify the person(s) responsible for the violation.
- Perform an area self-audit 3 months after the EH&S safety audit. Target the issues revealed during the audit to identify persisting problems.
Be prepared to lead if there is an emergency. Maintain a "grab" folder with a list of current personnel in case of an evacuation:
Learn more about handling an emergency:
Perform monthly inspections of emergency equipment inside your laboratory or the area under your control:
Individual generators of waste must be trained on hazardous waste procedures and management, but ASCs can assist in managing the labs hazardous waste. Legally, individual generators of waste must make the hazardous waste determination and ensure proper labeling and management.
The following resources will assist in maintaining compliance with hazardous waste regulations.
For more information visit the Laboratory Safety Manual page.