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Contact Information
Office of
Public Safety
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Chemical Hygiene Plan

3.0 Designation of Responsibilities

3.1 Safety Committee

  • Exercises oversight of all health and safety programs at Westmont College;
  • Advises the President's staff on the adequacy of Westmont health and safety programs, policies, and organization;
  • Recommends needs, priorities, and strategies to promote good health, safety, and environmental practices at Westmont.
  • Fosters cooperation among those units at Westmont having operational responsibility for health and safety and reviews and recommends to the President's staff college-wide policies with respect to those health and safety matters that are not addressed by existing administrative panels.

The Safety Committee in no way replaces or supersedes line management responsibility for health and safety.

3.2 Safety Officer/Chemical Hygiene Officer

  • Each department with operations using potentially hazardous chemicals or procedures must designate a Safety Officer/Chemical Hygiene Officer (SO/CHO).
  • The SO/CHOs and the Principal Investigators/Laboratory Supervisors (PIs) are responsible for providing Department Safety Plans covering each designated area at Westmont College, and reviewing it annually, updating as necessary.

3.2.1 Department Safety Plan

  • Department Safety Plans will include these required addenda to the College Chemical Hygiene Plan:
    • Designation of responsibilities at the department level.
    • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used in the department.
    • A chemical inventory.

3.3 Principal Investigator/Lab Supervisor

The Principal Investigator/Laboratory Supervisor (PI) has the primary responsibility, with assistance from the SO/CHO, for

  • Ensuring SOPs for using hazardous chemicals, emergency procedures, and waste handling are developed and followed.
  • Submitting the SOPs to the SO/CHO for review, approval and inclusion in the Lab Safety Plan
  • Maintaining chemical inventory and submitting it through the SO/CHO to ??? for incorporation into the Lab Safety Plan.
  • Ensuring training and access to MSDS of hazardous materials used in the laboratory.
  • Ensuring workplace control methods are available, functioning properly and used as intended.
  • Ensuring appropriate personal protective equipment and apparel are available, functioning properly and used as required and or/needed.
  • Investigating and reporting to the SO/CHO any problems pertaining to the operation and implementation of laboratory practices and engineering controls.
  • With the assistance of the SO/CHO, identifying laboratory operations, procedures and activities that require prior approval; designating the approval authority and incorporating SOPs into the Lab Safety Plan.

3.4 Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing resources (i.e., reference and training materials ) and technical support to ensure employees are protected from chemical and safety hazards. Specific chemical safety responsibilities are assigned to:

3.4.1 Occupational Health and Safety Program - Industrial Hygiene/Safety Group and Campus Chemical Hygiene Officer (CCHO)

The Industrial Hygiene/Safety Group, which includes the CHO, is responsible for providing technical guidance to personnel at all levels of responsibility on matters pertaining to OSHA regulated safety issues.

  • Performing hazard assessment of the overall operation to determine the appropriate safety control requirements, which include but are not limited to laboratory practices, personal protective equipment, engineering controls, and training.
  • Assisting PI in the selection of control methods.
  • Performing industrial hygiene monitoring for evidence of personnel exposure and/or equipment contamination.
  • Reviewing and approving SOPs, as needed.
  • Reviewing chemical inventories from laboratories, as needed.
  • Determining medical surveillance requirements of personnel.
  • Maintaining employee exposure monitoring and medical surveillance records.
  • Reviewing plans for new laboratory construction, renovation or installation of engineering controls, as needed.
  • Providing ergonomics services including performing ergonomic evaluations, recommending equipment and work practices, and providing training.

Additional specific duties of the CCHO include

  • Reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of the Chemical Hygiene Plan at least annually and updating it as necessary.
  • Auditing Lab Safety Plans and laboratory programs to assess compliance with policies, as needed.
  • Knowing and complying with applicable Federal, State and local regulations.

Although the CCHO has the overall responsibility for the Chemical Hygiene Program, the implementation and application of several important aspects of the Program are delegated to SO/CHOs and PIs.

3.4.2 Chemical Waste Programs

The Chemical Waste Programs encourage the recycling of chemicals, if appropriate, and ensuring that hazardous chemical wastes, including spilled chemicals, are properly collected, packaged and disposed. There are two Chemical Waste Program. Chemical wastes generated by labs and studios are covered in the Academic Waste Program, directed by Dr. Nishimura, Chemistry Department Chair. All other hazardous wastes are covered by the General Waste Program, directed by Tom Bauer, Director of Public Safety.

3.5 Laboratory Personnel

Laboratory Personnel who work with chemicals are responsible for:

  • Complying with oral and written safety rules, regulations and procedures required for the task assigned
  • Knowing and understanding the hazards of materials and processes prior to conducting work and utilizing appropriate measures to control these hazards.
  • Attending necessary or required training.
  • Evaluating and maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Participating in medical surveillance and using protective equipment, when required.
  • Reporting unsafe conditions to the PI or immediate supervisor.
  • Informing the PI/Laboratory Supervisor of any work modifications ordered by a physician as a result of exposure.

3.6 Administrative, Maintenance and Janitorial Personnel

For buildings in which laboratory research involving hazardous chemicals is conducted, administrative (e.g. secretaries), maintenance (e.g./ plumbers and HVAC technicians), and janitorial personnel are responsible for:

  • Attending Hazard Communication Training, which familiarizes them with the potential hazards of performing administrative, maintenance or janitorial tasks in a laboratory.
  • Reporting unsafe conditions to their immediate supervisor.