Updating Forms When a PI Leaves-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Updating Forms When a PI Leaves

Most laboratories have both Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHS) forms as well as Work-Alone forms.  Both are in place to document the Principal Investigator’s or Lab Supervisor’s responsibility for the hazardous operation or the safety of a person working alone with hazardous materials.

When the signatory of the document leaves the lab, it is necessary for the new responsible party to review and sign those documents again, updating them if needed.  This chain of PI/Supervisor responsibility must be maintained throughout the laboratory’s work.

In the course of your lab inspection, these documents will be reviewed by the auditor and, if there are “expired” approvals, they will need to be updated promptly.