The University is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all community members, including minors and volunteers pursuing activities in laboratories and other instructional environments where there is potential exposure to hazardous materials (e.g. hazardous chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials) and/or hazardous equipment (e.g. lasers, power-driven machinery). Minors in particular may be more susceptible to effects of certain hazardous materials, and may be less aware and too inexperienced to recognize potential risks and hazards. To assist managers who are considering recruiting volunteers, Environmental Health & Safety has developed guidance on volunteers handling hazardous materials and/or equipment in accordance with local, state and/or federal regulations, University policy, and University Safety Committees. Departments and schools may impose additional restrictions not detailed here (e.g. live laboratory animal work). Managers who are considering sponsoring volunteers should refer to the University policy HRM-001: Authorization of Volunteers in the Work Place for all University requirements for engaging volunteers.
A minor is an individual under 18 years of age. Matriculated University of Virginia students engaged in activities for credit may be exempt from prohibited activities on a case-by-case basis.
Sponsoring Managers wishing to engage volunteers, including minors, in activities with potential exposure to hazardous materials and/or equipment must first complete the Volunteer Terms of Service form available from the Office of Property & Liability Risk Management, and confirm activities align with permissible activities for volunteers and minors, as outlined below.
The University strongly discourages minors from unnecessary potential exposure to hazardous materials, environments (e.g., requiring use of respirators, fall protection, hearing protection) and/or equipment which have the potential to cause serious injury, illness, or death. Additionally, local, state and/or federal regulations, University policy, and University Safety Committees explicitly prohibit minors from potential exposure to certain hazardous materials and/or equipment:
The University strongly discourages volunteers from conducting unnecessary activities involving potential exposure to hazardous materials and/or equipment. Volunteers are prohibited from conducting activities involving potential exposure to:
Minors and Volunteers are required to complete EHS safety training based on the hazardous material, environment and/or equipment they are working with. They must also receive and have documented hazard-specific training from their Sponsoring Manager. Applicable EHS training modules the individual may be required to complete prior to beginning activity include:
For a full list of available EHS modules, visit the training webpage.