Environmental Safety and Health Policy

Implementation Responsibilities: Supervisors

This category includes department chairs, faculty and other employees with direct oversight of University activities.

General Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

Training to ensure that everyone working in their operations is trained to identify and mitigate potential hazards. Specifically, supervisors are responsible for:

Required Regulatory Programs:

Implement procedures and practices to carry out the following OSHA required programs in their operations. (To the extent the programs are being implemented at the departmental level, supervisors need not duplicate the departmental efforts, but should contribute to them as necessary.)

Use of Special Materials:

Additional restrictions apply to the use of special materials, such as radioactive materials, recombinant DNA and infectious agents. The Supervisor is responsible for:

Emergency Response and Training:

Contribute information as needed for the development of the unit's plan; ensure that those working in her or his operations know about the plan; and communicate the importance of participating in drills. Prepare for and report immediately to the UVM Police Department any hazardous material spills or releases that could result in exposure of individuals or in a release outside the laboratory or other location where these materials are stored or used.

Hazardous Waste Minimization and Disposal:

Ensure that work being carried out in their operations is consistent with campus hazardous waste source reduction and management. Inform employees and students that hazardous materials may not be disposed of via the sewer system, regular trash, fume hoods; and to stress the importance of adherence to legal and acceptable disposal methods.


Many of the specific activities described in this section above may be delegated to a laboratory manager, or other person capable of carrying out those activities. While this work may be delegated, the supervisor retains the responsibility for ensuring that required programs are implemented and required duties are carried out in an appropriate manner.

Directors and Chairs may entrust the details of program implementation to department faculty, staff, department safety officers, or other appropriate persons within the department or unit; however, the ultimate responsibility for implementing these programs at the academic department/administrative unit level remains with the Directors and Chairs.