Summer Workers in the Lab-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Workers in the Lab

At this time of the year, most laboratories have new and different people in their laboratories.  This presents a special challenge for us safety-wise, because we need to ensure the safety of these people as well as our regular students, faculty and staff.   Please look at this information from the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan:

All students regardless of age enrolled in regular or other university-sanctioned classes or related businesses (such as Carnegie Mellon’s “Bring Your Child to Work Day”) are addressed by the University’s liability agreements.  If these students are under age 18, hazardous material exposure must be minimal, and constant supervision by a staff member of the lab is required. 

Other persons under age 18
If the applicable persons are enrolled in an Outreach program, the issue of whether a waiver of liability will be required from the parent or guardian of the person will be decided on a case by case basis.   Contact University General Counsel for further details and information.  If persons under age 18 are NOT enrolled in an Outreach program or regular university function, as noted above, they are NOT permitted to be in the laboratory where hazardous materials are present.

Volunteers in the laboratory
Volunteer workers in the laboratory (who are NOT Carnegie Mellon employees nor students) are NOT permitted.  This includes (but is not limited to) children of any age or spouses of employees.  Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis by EH&S. 

If you need any clarification of this information or would like EH&S to provide orientation training to summer lab personnel, please contact us at 8-8182.

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493