Environmental Health & Safety Policies & Procedures

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) develops, implements, and continually improves a wide variety of safety plans for the Boston University (BU) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) communities in order to maintain a safe and healthful environment. These plans are also developed to comply with local, state, and federal regulations and standards.

The goal of EHS is to provide current and effective regulatory guidance to employees, students, researchers, faculty, and staff. Please contact us directly if you have questions or concerns about the health and safety of your area or the environment.

The Boston University Lifebook

The Boston University Lifebook provides rules and guidance about living life as a respectful and responsible member of the Boston University community.

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BUMC Safety Policies

Boston Medical Center Policy Directory

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Emergency Response Flip-Chart

Campus & Clinical

Asbestos Management Plan

Boston University (BU) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) have implemented an Asbestos Management Program (AMP) to ensure the safety of employees and contractors who may work in the vicinity of, or who may remove, enclose, or encapsulate asbestos-containing materials (ACM) as part of their job duties. The Asbestos Management Plan is designed to minimize exposure of building occupants, visitors, students, employees, and contractors to airborne asbestos fibers.

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Campus & Clinical Management Plan

The CCD safety program provides services to all BU and BMC personnel and property in order to promote safety and maintain compliance with safety regulations. CCD works closely with other units to address all broad-based safety concerns throughout BU/BMC. CCD is a division of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).

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Construction Safety Plan

The purpose of this program is to describe the process of developing project safety plans that identify potential hazards and the interim safety measures that minimize those hazards and disruptions during renovation or construction activities. It is intended to ensure an adequate level of safety when existing safety measures are disrupted due to work in an area. This plan applies to internal and external work.

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Roadside Worker Safety

The purpose of this program is to ensure Boston University (BU) employees performing work on or in close proximity to roadways are properly equipped with high visibility safety apparel and warning devices, and have the appropriate training and knowledge to properly plan for roadside work. This program ensures drivers are given sufficient advance warning of work areas where BU employees are performing roadside activities within the vicinity of the Boston University property.

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Dive Safety

Roadmap to becoming a Scientific Diver

This roadmap provides scientific diver in training prerequisites and certification information

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Dive Safety Manual

Guidelines for Scientific Diving Safety for researchers and courses engaged in scientific SCUBA operations. The Manual is based on standards from AAUS (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) and is reviewed and approved by the Dive Control Board / Scientific Diving and Small Boat Safety Committee.

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Small Boat Safety Manual

Guidelines for Boating Safety for researchers and courses engaged in scientific boating operations. The Manual is based on standards from the SBSA (Scientific Boating Safety Association) and is reviewed and approved by the Scientific Diving and Small Boat Safety Committee.

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Emergency Response

BU Emergency Response Planning Management Plan

The Emergency Response Planning Division coordinates a comprehensive emergency management program that encompasses: (1) a full range of leadership and governance structures designed to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from any threat, emergency, or disaster that could disrupt the University’s educational program and support operations; (2) policies, procedures, plans, and internal and external outreach strategies; and (3) multi-year strategic planning. Emergency Response Planning is a division of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).

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BU Emergency Response Plan

The purpose of the Emergency Response Plan is to establish standard operating procedures in order to mobilize Boston University resources and communicate with the University community in the most efficient and orderly manner possible, while promoting effective triage of University resources with minimal disruption to normal University operations.

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NEIDL Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan

The purpose of this plan is to describe a comprehensive emergency management program that seeks to mitigate the effects of a hazard, prepare for measures to preserve life and minimize damage, respond during emergencies and provide assistance, and establish a recovery system in order to return to a normal state of affairs.

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BU Continuity of Operations Program

Shelter In Place Program

Shelter in Place Guidance

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Environmental & Waste Management

Acutely Toxic ‘P-listed’ Hazardous Chemical Waste Guidance

Guidance to help chemical users identify and properly manage acutely hazardous ‘P List’ chemical wastes.

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BUMC: Biological Waste Management Guideline

Describes the proper identification, collection, and management of biological wastes at Medical Campus locations. The guideline is based on state and federal regulations and is reviewed and approved by the IBC each year.

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CRC: Biological Waste Management Guideline

Describes the proper identification, collection, and management of biological wastes at Charles River Campus locations. The guideline is based on state and federal regulations and is reviewed and approved by the IBC each year.

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Environmental and Waste Management Plan

A plan that details the scope, intent, roles, and responsibilities associated with the management of environmentally sensitive products, processes, and equipment at Boston University.

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Hazardous Chemical Waste Determination Guidance

Guidance to help chemical users identify which of their chemical wastes must be collected and managed as ‘hazardous waste’.

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Hazardous Chemical Waste Labeling Guidance

Guidance for chemical users on the labeling required on every container of hazardous chemical waste.

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Hazardous Chemical Waste Signage

A sign that can be printed and used to designate hazardous chemical waste ‘Satellite Accumulation Areas’. The sign has management tips included to remind users about the rules for proper chemical waste collection.

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MWRA Prohibitions

A list of the materials specifically prohibited from sink disposal by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). MWRA is the local regulator who monitors and samples the effluents from sinks and drains in research buildings.

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Laser Safety

Laser Safety Manual

Laser Safety Guidelines for Research and Clinical laser activities at BU and BMC. The Manual is reviewed and approved by the Laser Safety Subcommittee.

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Medical Physics & Radiation Safety

Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Management Plan

Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Management Plan details the scope and responsibilities of the Division of Medical Physics & Radiation Safety within BU/BUMC.

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Research Safety

Autoclave Safety Guidelines

Guidelines for the safe use of autoclaves

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BrdU in Animals

Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) Treatment Policy

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Chemical Containment Levels For Animal Administration

This document outlines the process for establishing the appropriate Chemical Containment Level and provides examples of the potentially hazardous chemicals associated with each level.

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Chemical Hygiene Plan

Describes the laboratory policies, practices, procedures, equipment, and facilities to ensure safe and compliant work with chemicals in laboratories at both BU campuses. All new laboratory members must read, and all laboratories must have access to a current copy. The plan is reviewed and approved by the Lab Safety Committees.

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Door Labeling

Explanation of the means of which laboratory doors must be labeled.

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Dryer and Oven Safety Guidelines

Guidelines for safe use of laboratory dryers and ovens.

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Exposure Control Plan

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has prepared this plan to be used as a guide in developing department-specific procedures for reducing exposures to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace.

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Handling and Storage

Describes proper handling and storage of hazardous materials

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Hazard Communication

Every person who works with chemicals has a right to know the identities and hazards of those chemicals.

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High Hazard Chemical Program

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), in conjunction with the Laboratory Safety Committees, have identified certain chemicals as high hazard chemicals.

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Injury and Accident Reporting

Provides information on what to do and who to call should an accident or injury occur.

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Inspection Program

The Research Safety Division in Environmental Health & Safety strives to provide excellent service in support of the researchers at Boston University and the Boston Medical Center. To ensure that appropriate service is being provided and to assist laboratories in complying with federal, state, municipal, and institutional requirements, EHS inspects research laboratories quarterly on two levels (A and B).

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Lab Decontamination and Decommissioning Policy

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has implemented a Laboratory Decontamination and Decommissioning program to ensure the safety of the BU community and the environment.

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Related: Laboratory or Equipment Decontamination Certification Form

Lab Specific SOPs

Boston University has developed a program that provides the Laboratory Supervisor/Principal Investigator with a set of rules comprising a “Generic SOP” which is applicable to the use of most chemicals under most circumstances.

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Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets

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New Lab Personnel-A Guide to Get Started

Policy for Personnel Suitability and Reliability-NEIDL

Outlines the initial and ongoing requirements for access to the NEIDL.

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Policy for Relocation of Hazardous Materials

Environmental Health & Safety has developed the “Guidance for Laboratory Relocation of Hazardous Materials” document to assist all BU personnel involved in the relocation of hazardous laboratory materials such as Radioactive Materials, Hazardous Chemicals, Biological Materials, and Controlled Substances to ensure that all such materials are relocated in a safe and compliant manner. This document contains checklists which details a step-by-step processes addressing the communication and interaction between all parties involved in the relocation process.

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Policy on Minors in Laboratories

Outlines the notification and approval process when minors will be entering or working in a laboratory.

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Protective Equipment

Information on personal protective equipment

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Research Safety Management Plan

Research Safety Management Plan

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Safe Work Practices

Practices and procedures on working safely in a laboratory

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Safety Equipment

Description and requirements of laboratory safety equipment

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Security

Describes proper security of hazardous materials

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Tamoxifen in Animals

Describes policy for Tamoxifen treatment in animals

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Transporting Chemicals

Describes requirements and safe transport of hazardous chemicals

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Visitor Policy

Policy on which visitors to laboratories must adhere to

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Waste Management

Describes waste management guidelines

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Weekly Eyewash Station Flushing

Weekly Eyewash Station Flushing

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Working Alone

Safety tips for working alone

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