High Containment (Bio)safety Policy
Safety is a priority at BioMARC and we are fully committed to:
- The safe and responsible use of chemical and biological materials, including high containment materials, to assure the health and safety of our employees and the wider community that we operate in.
- Developing, implementing and supporting a broad and rigorous set of safety procedures and practices in alignment with CSU’s EHS departmental policies.
- Providing safety training and the access to safety resources to the benefit of employees.
- Maintaining and fostering a culture of safety and ensure a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.
- Providing the necessary infrastructure to achieve a high level of safety and security with our chemical and biological materials.
- Establishing and documenting scientifically sound safety-check practices with regards to the safe use and disposition of chemical and biological materials, including high containment materials.
- Being transparent in our approach to safety, where applicable.
- Executing this policy through the following means:
Procedures and Practices
- Develop manufacturing and research practices that minimize health risks to personnel and the environment
- Hazard identification through risk assessment and mitigation activities
- Perform routine safety audits to assure compliance with regulatory requirements and objectives.
- Work in partnership with CSU and other regulatory agencies.
- Promptly respond to employee or community concerns on safety issues and make every effort to resolve the issue, where applicable.
- BioMARC provides consistent and appropriate-level training for all employees in the safe handling and storage of chemical and biological materials, including high containment materials.
- Employees receive additional task specific training on the risks inherent to their roles as well as the potential broader environmental impacts associated with these activities.
- Periodic assessment of personnel proficiency in the practices and procedures required in the high containment area.
- Assignment of a professional-level Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator within BioMARC who is charged with identifying hazard risks, establishing best safety practices, managing the training of staff with regard to safety, and making safety recommendations to the Director of BioMARC.
- Establishment of an internal employee-driven oversight working group that evaluates BioMARC’s safety program from the employee perspective and provides recommendations to the Director of BioMARC for changes.
“Continuous improvement in safety never ends” is a dictum at BioMARC that fully applies. As part of our continuing efforts to strengthen our safety program at BioMARC, we have identified several key additions to the program as near term goals:
- Commencement of a “Near Miss” program to preemptively identify potential hazards before escalation to an incident.
- Continuous training updates and briefings with an emphasis on the adoption by employees of a responsible attitude in their daily work.
- Quarterly workshops for senior research personnel to review current accepted best practices and discuss ways to enhance or improve BioMARC current practices.
- Analysis of the potential for a “Prevention through Design” Program throughout all aspects of BioMARC (Bio)safety operations. See: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ptd/