Administrative Policy: Research
Safe Use of Hazardous Materials on the NEOMED Campus
Policy Number: 3349-R-665
Effective Date: 04/04/2018
Responsible Departments: ORSP, Compliance (EOHS)
Approval Authority: VP Research
Responsible Office: EOHS
The purpose of this policy is to provide appropriate guidance and oversight for the safe use and disposal of Hazardous Materials in accordance and in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations.
This policy applies to all personnel on the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Campus and related facilities and operations who are engaged in the use of Hazardous Materials that may be governed under the Public Employees Risk Reduction Program (PERRP), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or any other regulatory agency.
- “Hazardous Materials” refers to any material (including, but not limited to, chemicals, carcinogens, toxic gases, etc.) of a non-radiological nature that, when exposed, causes a deleterious effect on the person and/ or environment.
D. Policy Statement
- NEOMED shall have an Institutional Safety Committee which shall:
- Provide for discussion, information and recommendation to the Office of Environmental and Health and Safety (and any other affected departments or offices) on work practices, procedures, programs, plans or policies necessary to ensure the health and safety of individuals exposed to hazardous materials in the occupational setting.
- Review and approve all proposals, activities, and experiments for compliance with established guidelines and all regulations, federal, state and local.
- Staff an Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Office such to provide general and logistical oversight of the acquisition, storage, safe use and disposal of hazardous materials on the NEOMED campus. Oversight may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Creation of appropriate policies, plans, procedures or manuals;
- Conducting employee training consistent with regulatory requirements;
- Reporting to the appropriate regulatory bodies regarding any acquisition, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials; and
- Maintaining an inventory of hazardous materials.