Entomology Safety Guidelines
Entomology Safety Program
The Department of Entomology has implemented an Injury and Illness Prevention Program [IIPP] to address safety issues within the department and to comply with State and County regulations. The goal is to "prevent the preventable injury" and to produce an environment under which our employees may thrive. The main components of our safety program are:
- Injury and Illness Prevention Program [IIPP]
- Entomology Emergency Evacuation Plan
- Chemical Hygiene Plan [CHP] [For labs that use hazardous chemicals.]
- Hazardous Chemical Inventory
- CUPA Hazardous waste handling procedures
- Safety Training
The Chair of the Department of Entomology is ultimately responsible for the program, but Department Safety Coordinators are functionally responsible for implementation. The current Department Safety Coordinators are:
|Shirley Gee||Safety Committee Chair, 2007-2008|
|Sharon Lawler||Faculty Representative|
|Pat Hunter||Office Staff Representative|
Download, print and read a copy of the Entomology IIPP and Entomology Emergency Evacuation Plan from the Entomology Web site. Then obtain a Chemical Laboratory Safety Manual from the Department Safety coordinator or from EH&S, and a copy of EH&S generic Chemical Hygiene Plan [CHP]. Use these documents to design a Laboratory Safety Program for your lab. Each PI or designated Lab Safety person should assemble Safety documents and place them into a binder. This binder should be available as a resource for laboratory personnel.
EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety], a valuable resource for the whole University Community, has a comprehensive web site that provides safety related information. EH&S also publishes a newsletter, Health and Safety Advisor, that reports on current safety issues. The Health and Safety Advisor is a synopsis of the Quarterly Safety Coordinators Meeting. A member of the Department of Entomology Safety Committee and will often distribute important information to the Department in the form of Safety Notes. We try to filter items so that we only distribute the most important topics. PDF copies of these Safety Notes are in the Misc. Safety Info folder.
The most important component of a safety program is safety training. Each employee must submit to a "Safety Orientation" [Form IV] upon hiring, then specific training for each job category, as well as, annual updates. The type and scope of safety training for an individual is contingent upon their duties. [See Safety Training Table] Each written laboratory protocol should contain a safety component. Documentation that safety training has occurred is just as important as the safety training itself. "If the training wasn't documented, then it didn't happen." The Chemical Laboratory Safety Manual has some generic forms that you may want to use for your safety training or you can use a "Safety Net" based training program. EH&S provides "Safety Nets" on their web site. Safety Nets are "fact sheets" that can be used as safety training guides. You may have your employees read pertinent Safety Nets and check off that they have read them. Each trainee should have a file that contains Safety Training documents.
Each Principal Investigator [PI] must designate a person in their lab to be a Safety Contact. The Safety Contact should be a responsible person or the PI themselves. Directives and other information from the Safety Committee is distributed to the PI who should read the information and pass it on to the Safety Contact. The ideal scenario is for the PI and Safety Contact to discuss the topic and decide the best course of action for the lab. These topics may then be presented to the Lab. during the next required quarterly Lab safety meeting. An outline of duties for the Safety Contact is located in the Department of Entomology Safety Contact Duties.