Roles and Responsibilities

Laboratory safety officer

The Safety Officer is a member of safety office and of the University Laboratory Safety Committee, responsible for managing the University’s Laboratory Safety Program in accordance with the University Laboratory Safety Committee deliberations. S/He reports directly to the University Laboratory Safety Committee. 

With the support and supervision of the University Laboratory Safety Committee (ULSC)the Safety Officer specific responsibilities are to: 

  1.  Maintain current knowledge of laboratory safety regulations and guidelines also thorough the implementation of Training sessions with the approval of and planning from the University Laboratory Safety Committee.
  2. Provide technical guidance in the development of policies and procedures regarding biological safety.
  3. Inspect at least every three months, using the approved checklist (see Annex) all the laboratories in the various Colleges to monitor compliance with laboratorySafety policies and procedures.
  4. Provide general biological safety training for laboratory personnel (and laboratory specific training upon request).
  5. Assist Laboratory personnel in evaluating and controlling bio-hazards.
  6. Suggest to the ULSC and Implement through the decisions of the ULSC corrective actions as necessary.
  7. Control and ensure proper Management of biological waste generated in instructional and research laboratories.
  8. Continually evaluate and improve the University’s Laboratory Safety Program. 
  9. Provide technical assistance in all matters of laboratory safety. 
  10. Inspect laboratories to monitor compliance with all Alfaisal University laboratory safety policies and procedures. 
  11. Reports routinely the results of this inspections to the ULSC, the Dean or the Deans in case of shared labs, and the Lab manager for action to be taken 
  12. Provide initial, general laboratory safety training for laboratory personnel with the guidance and contribution from experts selected by the ULSC when appropriate. 
  13. Serve as primary point of contact with local officials regarding applicable regulations and reporting requirements in the area of laboratory safety. 
  14. Assist laboratory personnel with the evaluation and control of laboratory hazards (physical, electrical, chemical and biological). 
  15. Coordinate with the Department of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning regarding spills or releases and fire safety. 
  16. Maintain all laboratory safety audit, inspection, and monitoring documentation.