Safety Resources and Policies

Bloodborne Pathogens / Exposure Control Plan (November 2016)
Wilkes University is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for our entire staff. In pursuit of this goal, the following exposure control plan (ECP) is provided to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.

Hazard Communication Program (October 2016)
This policy was created to ensure that information about the dangers of all hazardous chemicals used by Wilkes University is known by all affected employees, the following hazardous information program has been established. Under this program, you will be informed of the contents of the OSHA Hazard Communications standard, the hazardous properties of chemicals with which you work, safe handling procedures and measures to take to protect yourself from these chemicals.

Regulated Waste Management Plan (November 2016)
The Regulated Waste Management Plan was implemented to designate administrative and handling procedures to minimize (1) The possibility of employee, student and public exposures to a waste hazard; and, (2) Release of various categories of regulated waste into the environment. This Plan describes all requirements relative to regulated waste generated onsite by Wilkes, including identification of all waste streams, proper handling, labeling, containers, record keeping, storage practices, employee training and disposal procedures.

Chemical Hygiene & Protocols

Chemical Hygiene Plan (November 2016)
This document outlines roles and responsibilities for key personnel, contains policies and practices applicable to the entire campus, and provides an overview of the various regulations applicable to operations in a campus laboratory. It also provides information on other regulations such as fire codes, hazardous waste regulations, chemical shipping requirements and other requirements pertaining to the use of hazardous chemicals in the laboratory.

Chemical Management & Protocols (June 2017)
The goals of our Chemical Management System are the following: (1) To facilitate the physical inventory of our laboratory chemicals through centralization and the use of bar-coding technology (ChemSW); (2) To minimize chemical purchasing and waste disposal costs; (3) To ensure that the hazards associated with the chemicals and chemical products we import are properly identified and that the health and safety information is readily available and accessible; and (4) To provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors ultimately.

Chemical Waste Labels
Use these labels to tag your waste chemicals. Contact the Chemical Hygiene officer for any questions or waste chemical pickup.

Chemical Inventory Sheet Template
Use this template to complete the Chemical Inventory for each laboratory, studio or facility.

General Lab Safety Program

Instructor Safety Requirements for Science Laboratories and Art Studios (July 2013)
This document provides the information required for the student safety presentation.  All faculty who teach or oversee research in a science or engineering laboratory or a visual or performing art studio are required to provide safety training to all students attending their course or performing research in their facility.  This also includes faculty who conduct student "field work."  Computer laboratories are excluded from this requirement.

After Hours Access Policy for Art Studios and Science Laboratories (July 2013)
This document provides standard operating procedures for workers and students who need to be in laboratories or studios after regular business hours.

Lab Safety Inspection Program (December 2014)
The scope of this program applies to all laboratory settings, activities and personnel within the Science Department at Wilkes University, as defined below. This program will be implemented in conjunction with the Wilkes University Chemical Hygiene, Biosafety and Laser Safety Plans. All activities covered under these plans are intended to meet compliance with applicable regulations and best practices (e.g. OSHA, American Chemical Society, ANSI, etc.).

Emergency Eyewash & Shower Testing Program (January 2015)
The purpose of this program is to ensure that safety eyewashes and showers supply clean, potable water and are in proper working order. This program applies to all emergency eyewash and shower units in University buildings. This program defines guidelines for inspection, testing and maintenance of emergency eyewash and shower equipment.

Biosafety Program

Biosafety Level 2 Standard Safety Requirements (December 2015)
The purpose of this policy is to outline safety procedures followed when working with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) microorganisms. It should serve as a comprehensive source of procedures to be followed to ensure a safe working environment while working with these organisms.

Shop/Studio Safety Program

Shop/Studio Safety Program (May 2016)
The purpose of this program is to prevent injuries which may occur in a shop/studio environment. The information included in this document shall be used by supervisors to implement elements of studio safety in all aspects of the learning process. The program is oriented towards work in student and employee shop/studios, but many requirements also apply to work performed outside of formal shop/studio areas.

Fieldwork Safety Protocol

Fieldwork Safety Protocol (June 2017)
Fieldwork is an important part of teaching and research at Wilkes University. Since fieldwork activities take you off campus, this guide is intended to help you plan and prepare for health and safety problems you might encounter in the field.

This fieldwork protocol is organized into several distinct sections. The first section of this guide provides you with resources both on campus and outside the university. The next section covers "Emergency Preparedness" to assist you before you leave, while you are doing fieldwork and with emergency medical care. The following sections discuss general safety information, vehicle and driver safety, sampling safety, and specific safety plans