Safety Office


John Herrington, Chemical Safety Coordinator || 0013 EL/163 CBEC || 614-597-3569 ||
Don Tong, Hazardous Waste Specialist || 480 CE/163 CBEC || 614-597-3298 ||


The Safety Office is responsible for a wide variety of functions and tasks. The Safety Coordinator and the Hazardous Waste Specialist have unique but complimentary roles in fulfilling these tasks. Below are the duties/job descriptions for both.

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Safety Coordinator Duties & Responsibilities

Emergency Response

  • Fire and Medical
  • Chemical Spills

Accident Investigation & Reports

  • Investigate and Make Recommendations
  • Collect and Review Reports

Safety Training Programs

Develop, Coordinate, and Implement Safety Programs for:
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Summer Workers
  • Young Science Scholars
  • Faculty and Staff

Other Duties

  • Develop and Update Safety Manual
  • Maintain Contacts with EHS and other Departments
  • Maintain and Update Safety Library and Computer Information
  • Circulate Safety Information
  • Supply input to the Design and Renovation of Facilities
  • Stock and Maintain Safety Equipment
  • Supply and Maintain Corrosive Gas Program
  • Mercury Disbursements
  • Building Safety Equipment Inspections
  • Building Fire Inspection Reports
  • Purchase and Maintain Records of Laser Eyewear
  • Building Evacuation Drills
  • Continuing Education

Waste Disposal Program

  • Arrange Waste Pickups
  • Laboratory Clean-outs

Industrial Hygiene Services

  • Indoor Air Quality Surveys
  • Air Monitoring
  • Hood Surveys
  • Noise Surveys
  • Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations
  • Investigate Building Mechanical and Ventilation Problems
  • Mercury Contamination Surveys

Safety Policies

Develop, Coordinate, and Implement Departmental, University, Federal, State and Local Policies, including:
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Hazard Communication Plan
  • Laser Safety
  • Eye Protection

Hazardous Waste Specialist Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining an effective chemical waste management program for the Department
  • manage the chemical waste program in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations
  • coordinate with the Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety for disposal of hazardous wastes
  • identify chemical "unknowns" using analytical methods including GC/Mass Spec, AA, IR, and NMR
  • maintain all records concerning hazardous waste in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations
  • conduct periodic surveys of fume hoods and laboratories for compliance with current waste management regulations.
  • Assist in education and training of faculty, staff, and students in matters dealing with hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste to include reducing waste volume, rendering hazardous wastes innocuous, and complying with all pertinent state and federal regulations.
  • Assist the Safety Coordinator in responding to fire, medical, chemical emergencies and spills and in meeting the standards of Ohio House Bill 308.

Chemical Safety presently does not charge for any of its services.