BU Management is responsible for assuring all their employees and contractors are aware of the hazards they encounter on the job, implementing control measures to minimize exposure and conducting audits to identify deficiencies and correcting them in a timely manner. Management obtains this assurance by completing the steps included in the annual Authorization to Operate for all labs, pilot plants and utilities.
The key individual for implementing these programs is the supervisor of the employees. This is necessary because the hazards and controls in a specific workplace vary widely, and the supervisor is the only individual who can sufficiently explain the specific risks and controls in place. Supervisors may delegate these responsibilities to their employees but remain accountable for the effective communication of the hazards and the controls. Supervisors are responsible for:
- Acquiring the knowledge and information needed to recognize and control chemical hazards in the work areas;
- Ensuring that a chemical inventory list is maintained of all hazardous chemicals in their area and an accurate chemical inventory is maintained in the chemical inventory system (CISPro® Global is the designated chemical inventory system for the Naperville Campus);
- Ensuring that hazardous chemicals are labeled before accepting shipment, during use, for shipment off-site and for disposal;
- Ensuring that SDS are current (less than five years old) and available to employees and copies of SDS/inventory lists are sent to site HSE;
- Conducting Task Hazard Analysis with the employee and training for Personal Protective Equipment and maintain written documentation;
- Contacting site HSE regarding permit required chemicals and request exposure assessment when deems necessary;
- Ensure employees complete Hazard Communication and laboratory standard training modules through VTA and provide job specific training (see training section);
- Auditing chemical hygiene plan implementation of the area;
- Ensuring that employees follow the chemical hygiene plan;
- Ensuring that engineering controls are implemented and are in good working order;
- Ensuring that PPE and other protective equipment is available and in working order;
- Ensuring that employees transfer the CIS ownership to reflect the personnel changes;
- Ensuring that Health and Safety Information binder (yellow binder) is maintained; and
- Determining required training.
Employees are responsible for understanding and following the requirements in this chapter.
HSE/Chemical Hygiene Officer
The HSE Department is responsible for:
- Designating the Chemical Hygiene Officer who is responsible for providing technical guidance in the implementation of the CHP;
- Providing guidance regarding the safe operation of laboratories and pilot plants;
- Maintaining this program;
- Reviewing the CHP and HazCom programs for the site on an annual basis; and
- Providing advice and exposure assessments for personnel as deemed necessary.
BP Naperville Medical Department
The Medical Department will make determinations for medical surveillance based on assessments from supervisors and the industrial hygienist and provide medical consultation as needed.
BP contact person for Contractors:
Contractors are responsible for complying with all regulations that apply to their work. They must provide their BP contact person with SDS for all hazardous chemicals they bring on site. The BP contact person is responsible for informing the contractor of all chemical hazards that the site might present to the contractor employees including how to access SDS, precautionary measures and information on labeling system (see labeling section. The contractors are responsible for training their employees prior to beginning any work which involves hazardous chemicals. (See Section G for some additional contractor requirements)