Chemical Safety

Marine Biological Laboratory
Policy No. B.1.8


Initiated by: Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Approved by:MBL President/Director
Date:March, 1996
Revision #1, March 18, 2005; #2, April 22, 2015

1.0 Application

This policy applies to all Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) employees and to the faculty, staff,  students and anyone who conducts research activities at the MBL.

2.0 Policy

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of the basic elements of the MBL’s chemical safety program. Almost all personnel use chemicals in some capacity as part of their MBL activities. It is the policy of the MBL to use chemicals in a manner consistent with established safety precautions and with applicable local, state, and federal regulations. The primary regulations which apply to MBL activities are 29 CFR 1910.1450, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulation “Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Substances in Laboratories”, also known as the OSHA Lab Standard, and 29 CFR 1910.1200, the OSHA “Hazard Communication Standard”.

3.0Chemical Safety Program

The MBL’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Manager serves as the MBL’s Chemical Hygiene Officer and is responsible for the development and implementation of the chemical safety program.

The MBL Safety Committee, which is appointed by and reports to the President/Director of the MBL, is responsible for advising and assisting the EH&S Manager with his/her chemical safety responsibilities.

Staff supervisors, principal investigators, course directors and other personnel in supervisory capacities are responsible for ensuring that everyone who is under their supervision handles chemicals in a responsible manner consistent with MBL policies and procedures.

All MBL employees and participants in MBL sponsored educational programs are required to comply with precautions published in the MBL’s Chemical Safety Handbook and with other recognized chemical safety measures. Personnel are encouraged to contact the MBL EH&S Manager is they have any questions or concerns regarding chemical safety.

The following documents are available at the MBL EH&S Office or by calling the office at (508) 289-7424.

The MBL Chemical Safety Handbook which contains our required procedures and provides basic chemical safety information,

The MBL Chemical Hygiene Plan which details the major elements of our safety program,

OSHA chemical safety regulations,

Safety data sheets (MSDSs) for chemicals used at the MBL.

4.0 Policy Clarification and Updates

Policy clarification and updates are available from the Environmental. Health, and Safety Office.