Academic Arts and Sciences Safety at the State University of New York at Geneseo


Section 1: Contents

1.1 Introduction

1.2 OSHA Laboratory Standard Authority and PESH Integration

1.3 Roles and Responsibilities

A. College President

B. Provost of the College

C. Departmental Chemical Safety Team

D. Principal Investigators, Studio and Theater Directors


F. Lab or Studio Employees

1.1 Introduction

The State University of New York at Geneseo is committed to providing safe laboratories and art studios for its faculty, staff, students and visitors. The goal of the Academic Arts and Sciences Safety Program is to minimize the risk of injury or illness to by ensuring that campus personnel have the training, information, support and equipment needed to conduct activities and investigations in the safe manner.

The three basic elements of the Academic Arts and Sciences Safety Program are:

  • The Departmental Safety Program led by the Departmental Chemical Safety Teams
  • Laboratory Safety Manual, support and training by Environmental Health and Safety
  • Instruction and oversight by the Principal Investigator, Art Studio or Theatrical Director, or supervisor.

All laboratory and studio employees, including faculty, staff and students, are required to be familiar with current Laboratory and Art Studio Safety protocols and procedures. One method of ensuring compliance with this requirement is to attend safety seminars provided by SUNY Geneseo Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). These seminars offer a general overview of laboratory, art studio and performing art safety principles. References and resources for more specific safety information are also identified. Details on support programs, such as the hazardous waste disposal program, are also included. Attendance at these seminars also meets the requirements of New York State Labor Law Section 878. These seminars supplement instruction given by Principal Investigator, Art Studio or Theatrical Director (Directors), or supervisor regarding safe work practices for specific chemicals and equipment.

Academic Arts and Sciences Safety involves much more than chemical safety. Elements include Electrical Safety, Laser Safety, Use of Lifts and Ladders, Waste Management, Blood Borne Pathogens, Hearing Conservation, and use and selection of ventilation. The EHS web page offers a wide range of resources for these and other elements.

Roles of Related Campus Entities

Authority for activities governed by the following campus groups is retained by these groups and in no way superceded by procedures or protocols developed under the Lab and Art Studio Safety Program.

1.2 OSHA Laboratory Standard Authority and PESH Integration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a regulation entitled Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, otherwise known as the Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). This regulation is enforced by Public Employees Safety and Health (PESH) for New York State employees, including student employees. Art Studios and Theater Arts activities at SUNY Geneseo are considered laboratory activities and are therefore governed by the Lab Standard.

The goal of the Lab Standard is to ensure that employees are informed about the hazards of chemicals they may be working with and are protected from chemical exposures exceeding allowable levels (e.g., Permissible Exposure Limits). The Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) for Public Employees in New York State are listed in 12 NYCRR Part 800. These PELs supercede the federal PELs listed in 29 CFR 1910.1000 for SUNY Geneseo and other New York State employees.

All individuals who work with hazardous chemicals in science laboratories and art studios are obligated to comply with the Lab Standard.

For more information about how a particular department complies with the Laboratory Standard, see the Individual Departmental Chemical Safety Plans.

    1. Roles and Responsibilities

A. President of the College

Under federal interpretation, the College President assumes ultimate responsibility for campus compliance. Campus Policy _____ , approved by the President on __/__/__ requires all campus personnel comply with federal and state occupational health and safety regulation.

B. Provost

On --/--/-- the Provost of the College issued a memorandum requiring that Academic Art, Performing Art and Science Departments develop a Departmental Chemical Safety Plan in accordance with guidelines of the federal regulations and this document.

C. Departmental Chemical Safety Team.

D. Principal Investigators, Studio and Theater Directors and supervisors

E. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)


F. Laboratory, Theater, or Studio Employees