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Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries (2010)

Chapter: Appendix E: Sample Safety, Health, and Environment Policy Statement

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Sample Safety, Health, and Environment Policy Statement." National Research Council. 2010. Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12857.
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Sample Safety, Health, and Environment Policy Statement

This university is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for its employees, students, and visitors and to managing the university in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner. We further recognize an obligation to demonstrate safety and environmental leadership by maintaining the highest standards and by serving as an example to our students and to the community at large.

The university will strive to improve our safety and environmental performance continuously by adhering to the following policy objectives:

  • Developing and improving programs and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

  • Ensuring that personnel are properly trained and provided with appropriate safety and emergency equipment.

  • Taking appropriate action to minimize hazards or change conditions that endanger health, safety, or the environment.

  • Considering safety and environmental factors in all operating decisions, including those related to planning and acquisition.

  • Engaging in sound reuse and recycling practices and exploring feasible opportunities to minimize the amount and toxicity of waste generated.

  • Using energy efficiently throughout our operations.

  • Encouraging personal accountability and emphasizing compliance with standards and conformity with university policies and best practices during employee training and in performance reviews.

  • Communicating our desire to improve our performance continu-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Sample Safety, Health, and Environment Policy Statement." National Research Council. 2010. Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12857.
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ously and fostering the expectation that every employee, student, and contractor on university premises will follow this policy and report any environmental, health, or safety concern to university management.

  • Monitoring our progress through periodic evaluations.

Adopted [date] by Safety, Health and Environment Management Committee

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Sample Safety, Health, and Environment Policy Statement." National Research Council. 2010. Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12857.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Sample Safety, Health, and Environment Policy Statement." National Research Council. 2010. Promoting Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security in Developing Countries. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12857.
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There is growing concern about the possible use of toxic industrial chemicals or other hazardous chemicals by those seeking to perpetrate acts of terrorism. The U.S. Chemical Security Engagement Program (CSP), funded by the U.S. Department of State and run by Sandia National Laboratories, seeks to develop and facilitate cooperative international activities that promote best practices in chemical security and safe management of toxic chemicals, including:

  • Partnering with host governments, chemical professionals, and industry to assess and fill gaps in chemical security abroad.
  • Providing technical expertise and training to improve best practices in security and safety among chemical professionals and industry.
  • Increasing transparency and accountability for dangerous chemical materials, expertise, and technologies.
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration with the international professional chemical community.

The Department of State called on the National Academies to assist in the CSP's efforts to promote chemical safety and security in developing countries.

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