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Volume III - 1.1 Introduction

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Food and Drug Administration




Section 1 - Environmental Health & Safety

REVISED: 01-29-13

This section provides information relating to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) of the laboratory and serves as a general overview. It also serves as a reference for the EHS programs developed in the laboratory. The laboratory's EHS documents and standard operating procedures will provide more detailed step-by-step instruction.

Safety is the responsibility of all Food and Drug (FDA) employees. So that safety has real significance in the workplace, it is actively incorporated into all programs, procedures, and analytical methods. Each person is responsible for following all EHS guidelines in the course of his or her duties. Employees are responsible for reporting any conditions that are or may be hazardous so that they can be mitigated. Employees are to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE), use all safety equipment in the manner for which it is designed, report any failures of safety equipment to management, familiarize themselves with the hazards of all chemicals, and report any potentially unsafe incidents or exposures. Management establishes and funds safety programs, provides PPE when needed, ensures employees are trained, provides information about the hazards through a hazard assessment process, and advises employees how to control them. The agency is responsible for and committed to creating and maintaining a safe working environment for all personnel.