TO: Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
FR: Andrew A. Sorensen
RE: Hazardous Materials Management
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency increasingly require a clearly designated office to oversee institutional compliance with federal regulations for the management of hazardous materials. Attached is The University of Alabama's policy statement on hazardous materials management. I am designating the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Mr. Hal T. Barrett, Director, to oversee the University's efforts in the management of hazardous materials and to ensure our compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Mr. Barrett will consult with the University Committee on Health and Safety in fulfilling the responsibilities of this position. His office is located at 12 Thomas Circle and his phone number is 348-5905. Please contact him if you have questions or would like information about applicable regulations.
I encourage you and your faculty, staff, and students to cooperate with Mr. Barrett and his staff in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety in this important responsibility. All faculty, staff, and students share the responsibility for ensuring compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations for management of hazardous materials.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Hazardous Materials Management Policy
The University of Alabama is committed to full compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding hazardous materials. The University's Office of Environmental Health and Safety has overall responsibility for policies and procedures for hazardous materials management on campus, and the Director of Environmental Health and Safety is the University's compliance officer with responsibility for oversight of hazardous materials management. The director, in consultation with the University Standing Committee on Health and Safety, is responsible (1) for developing and maintaining University policies related to the purchase, receipt, storage, transportation, use, and disposal of hazardous materials and (2) for designing and conducting training programs for University personnel regarding hazardous materials management. Colleges, schools, departments, or other units using or generating hazardous materials are responsible for maintaining accurate records to track hazardous materials from their purchase or generation through their storage or disposal. Colleges, schools, departments, or other units may develop policies or procedures for dealing with hazardous materials within their units, but these policies are subject to review by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and must be consistent with University policies.
The Director of Environmental Health and Safety has overall responsibility for monitoring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, and is responsible for identification of units within the University that may not be complying fully with regulations. The Director is responsible for providing notification of non-compliance to the units involved and for providing consultation regarding changes necessary to comply with regulations. When units fail to make necessary changes to comply with regulations, the Director is responsible for reporting such non-compliance to the vice president who has administrative responsibility over the unit involved. The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for reporting annually to the University Committee on Health and Safety concerning compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding hazardous materials management.
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