Keck Graduate Institute is committed to providing a safe laboratory environment for its faculty, staff, students and visitors. The goal of the Chemical and Biological Laboratory Safety Program is to minimize the risk of injury or illness to employees by ensuring that they have the training, information, support, and equipment needed to work safely in the laboratory. The guidelines and standards set forth by the existing regulatory agencies assist laboratories in ensuring that this goal is met.
There are a number of regulatory agencies and some private organizations that establish safety guidelines, all of which have differing sets of procedures and/or standards. Some agencies may incorporate a less stringent program, while others establish more rigorous standards. In addition, state agencies may create programs that can be more stringent than the federal counterpart. It is the CSO, and BSO's responsibility to coordinate with the appropriate state and local authorities to ensure that the laboratory's safety program is in compliance with the relevant regulations.
The OSHA Lab Standard (29 CFR§1910.1450) is the most relevant regulation applicable to the Laboratory activities. Compliance with this regulation is the primary directive of the Laboratory Safety Program and is mandatory for all laboratory personnel.