University Resources, Operations and Policies


Section 1

1.1 Adelphi University strongly believes that it is the responsibility of the University and its Faculty and Staff to ensure that our educational programs and other activities protect and promote the health and safety of our students, our employees, and the environment.

1.2  The purpose of this Chemical Hygiene Plan is to define work practice and procedures to help ensure that laboratory workers, studio personnel, and staff who come into contact with chemicals at Adelphi University are protected from health and safety hazards associated with the chemicals with which they work.

1.3  The Safety Committee is the overall coordinating body for implementing the safety program at the University.  It acts as the representative of the President of the University, who has the ultimate responsibility. The members of the committee are:

Alan Aronoff, Coordinator of Environmental Health and Safety, 877.3242

Radiation Safety Officer and Committee Faculty chair, Dr. Lawrence Hobbie, Department of Biology, 877.3252

Chemical Hygiene Officer, Dr. Joseph Landesberg, Department of Chemistry, 877.4148

Dr. Ruth McShane, Assistant Dean of College of Arts & Science, 877.4121

Robert Shipley, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, tel 877.3452

Vito Civorelli, Manager of Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Facilities Management, 877.3763

Robert Conaghan, Associate Director, Facilities Management, 877.3969

Lora Allen, Health Services Center (Infirmary), 877.6003

Joseph Goodrich, Manager of Transportation and Parking Services, Public Safety, 877.3503

James Smith, Assistant Director of Public Safety and Fire Safety Officer, 877.3437

Eugene Palma, Executive Director of Public Safety, 877.3505

Dr. Sean Beutley, Department of Physics, 877.4878

Anthony Maldonado, Senior Human Resource Generalist, 877.3223

Andrew McCabe, Coordinator of Athletic Facilities and Game Management, 877.4264

Guy Seneque, Associate Director of Housing, 877.3650

Robert Vilbig, Housekeeping, Union Shop Steward, Facilities Management, 877.3970


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1.4  Department Chairpersons, University Supervisors, and Managers are responsible for implementing the guidelines as set down in this Chemical Hygiene Plan for Adelphi University

1.5  The Chemical Hygiene Plan includes:

1.5 A This Chemical Hygiene Plan, which may also be referred to as the Plan in this document, will be reviewed periodically by the Chemical Hygiene Officer and the Safety Committee.

1.5 B The “revised date” must be listed on the Plan.

1.5 C Prior to the commencement of laboratory duties, all laboratory workers must read this Chemical Hygiene Plan. In addition to the Plan, they must read the laboratory safety guidelines developed by their Laboratory Supervisor.

1.5 D A written record stating that each laboratory worker has reviewed the Chemical Hygiene Plan and related health and safety policies and guidelines must be kept by the person in charge of the laboratory.

•  A statement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP);

•  Criteria to determine and implement specific control measures, such as engineering controls, and personal protective equipment;

•  An ongoing program to ensure that laboratory chemical hoods and other engineering controls are functioning properly;

•  Information and training requirements;

•  Circumstances under which a particular laboratory function will require “prior approval;”

•  Provisions for medical consultation and medical exams;

•  Identification of the Principle Investigator/Laboratory Supervisor as a representative of the Chemical Hygiene Officer;

•  Additional precautions for work with select carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and extremely toxic substances.

1.6 Definitions

Hazardous Chemical

OSHA has defined a hazardous chemical as “a chemical for which there is statistically significant evidence based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees.”


OSHA defines a laboratory as “a workplace where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis.”

Laboratory Workers

The laboratory workers referred to in the Laboratory Standard are employees. OSHA defines an employee as “an individual employed in a laboratory workplace who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the course of his or her assignments.” An example of a laboratory worker would be a university teaching assistant, research assistant, or faculty member instructing an academic laboratory. OSHA would not consider students in an academic laboratory as employees. However, as a matter of university policy, the principles outlined in this Chemical Hygiene Plan will apply to students in our laboratories. Also included, will be visiting professor and volunteers that might be working in the laboratory. Laboratory Supervisors must ensure that these groups that are in their laboratories are adequately instructed in relation to safe laboratory procedures.

1.7 Minors in Research Laboratories or Animal Facilities
Students under the age of 18, not enrolled as an Adelphi University student, who wish to do research in a laboratory must comply with the Minors in Research Laboratory Policy. (See Appendix III, pg. 53)


Joseph Landesberg, Ph.D.
Chemical Hygiene Officer
p – 516.877.4148
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