Section: Safety and Security
Policy Number: 7-50
Policy Name: Safety Responsibilities during Laboratory Principal Investigator Leaves/Absences
Date: November, 2006
To ensure the safety of laboratory workers during periods when the laboratory principal investigator is absent.
Laboratory Principal Investigator: A University employee who has been assigned responsibility for the oversight of laboratory operations in a given research space or environment. It is expected that these persons will be faculty or professional staff.
Department Head: The University employee to whom the Laboratory Principal Investigator reports. This is normally the Department Chair or Director.
The University assigns responsibilities to each individual for conducting their activities in a safe and compliant manner. There are any number of situations where a Laboratory Principal Investigator may be absent from the lab. Examples of these situations include but are not limited to: sabbatical leaves, medical leaves, maternity/paternity leaves, vacations, unpaid summer interns, and FMLA qualifying leaves. It is critical that a qualified individual be identified to address the routine as well as unique safety concerns that may arise during such absences.
Laboratory Prinicpal Investigators hold increased responsibility for safety in laboratory and other research operations (e.g. field work) in that they must monitor and enforce safety requirements and practices to assure that faculty, students, staff, and visitors adhere to these protections. Department heads must audit the performance of the Laboratory Principal Investigator with respect to safety issues and address deficiencies as appropriate.
For further clarification or questions regarding this policy please contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 831-8475.
Submitted by: Environmental Health and Safety