Waiver of Indemnity - Toxic Materials and Chemicals
In response to national concern and awareness regarding product liability,
a number of vendors and supply houses have instituted a policy that requires
the submission of a signed waiver of indemnity before they sell the product
or material. The following procedure was developed by Purchasing and Environmental
Health and Safety:
- The Director of Purchasing is the University official who has been
designated and authorized to sign waivers of indemnity for toxic materials.
- The Director of Purchasing will not sign a waiver of indemnity for
toxic materials until he or she has received the following three written
- An approval from the University General Counsel's office which
will conduct a review of the language of the waiver, per se.
- An approval from EHS to signify that toxicological hazard data
and the recommended precautions and safe handling procedures have
been obtained and have been transmitted to and discussed with the
- An approval for the order from the department, signed by the Department
Chair. This approval signifies that the department is aware of the
toxicological hazards and the recommended precautions and safety
handling procedures, and that a review of the request confirms the
fact that the material is needed.
- After signature by the Director of Purchasing, a copy of the signed
waiver and the purchase order will be sent to the Assistant Treasurer
responsible for insurance matters.
It is understood that in some instances this procedure will introduce
delays into the purchasing process. Lengthy delays might occur in those
cases where it becomes necessary to go to outside organizations, such
as vendors and other sources of chemo-toxicological data, to obtain safe
handling procedures for the subject material.
Adopted April 1973 by the Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
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