Policies, Procedures & Protocols

Duke University Policies


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Safety and Compliance

Duke’s Occupational and Environmental Safety Office [OESO] is organized into six different divisions:
Bio-safety, Environmental Programs, Ergonomics, Fire Safety, Occupational Hygiene and Safety and Radiation Safety.

Tom Schultz is the Duke University Marine Lab liaison to Duke University’s Occupational and Environmental Safety Office. Tom is also a contact person for Animal Care and Use on the island with our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee [IACUC] representative, Richard Forward.

Tom Schultz, Compliance Officer
office: Bookhout (Lab 7) – Office # 214
phone: 252-504-7641
cell phone: 619-823-1514
email: tom.schultz@duke.edu

To obtain general safety and compliance information, visit the Duke Occupational and Environmental Safety Office.

Faculty members are responsible for compliance with applicable regulations and policies which govern work and the safety of workers and visitors in their labs. Tom is available to assist faculty and staff with specific issues or to help organize for compliance.

Everyone at the Duke Marine Lab should be aware that many hazards exist in laboratory work environments. Several keys ideas contribute to a safe and accident free work and learning environment:

  • Clearly label all containers (even water) and hazards
  • Exercise your “right to know” – ask about potential hazards in your work environment, learn to read material safety data sheets [MSDS]
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Know and use appropriate personal protective equipment [PPE]
  • Stay up to date with training and refresh your safety memory often
  • Plan for and know emergency procedures

In the event of some work related injury or near mishap, respond calmly and report the incident. Forms are online here >


Duke Marine Lab Diving Policy

For the safety of our divers and to comply with risk management, all diving activities that meet any one of the “BEEP” criteria below fall under Duke University/ American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diving purview and therefore must be reviewed and approved by the Dive Control Board via the Duke Marine Lab Dive Safety Officer.

“BEEP” criteria

  • Budget- If the dive was funded through Duke University (research, charter fees, training, travel, etc.)
  • Employment- If the dive is being conducted as a Duke University employee, contractor, or student (i.e. diver is “on the clock”, collecting data for class, degree, research, or training)
  • Equipment- If the dive is being conducted using Duke University owned SCUBA equipment
  • Property- If the dive is being conducted from Duke University property, including boats

For detailed information, please refer to the 2016 AAUS Standards for Scientific Diving manual, which summarizes the diving policy for Duke University and other AAUS organizational members.

After reading the dive manual and establishing the need to dive, anyone wishing to enter (or re-enter) the dive program should contact the Duke Marine Lab Dive Safety Officer, Steve Broadhurst, (duke.dso@duke.edu; 252-622-5562) to make arrangements.