Non-employees in Labs-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, November 7, 2014

Non-employees in Labs

Part 1
As you know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses safety in laboratories for EMPLOYEES of Carnegie Mellon. We are also concerned with issues related to non-employees in our labs. There are special activities that must be preformed when persons who are not employees of Carnegie Mellon are present in our laboratories.

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.  No other action is needed.

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 the University's General Counsel Office 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 spouces of employees. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis by EH&S.