It is the aim of the Chemical Management Team to work cooperatively with principal investigators and laboratory workers to achieve compliance with University safety policies, the Laboratory Safety Manual and governmental regulations. From time to time, however, it may be necessary when cooperation fails to impose sanctions to achieve compliance. This policy is designed to ensure compliance through a system of phases that applies increasing pressure on a principal investigator to make the appropriate corrective actions..
Routine Laboratory Inspections
Periodically Environmental Health and Safety will conduct inspections of the laboratories on campus. The frequency of the inspections will depend upon the hazards present in each lab, These inspections are not intended to be punitive in nature but rather educational by assisting Principal Investigators to identify areas where they may not be up to standard and assisting them in correcting those areas. A copy of the laboratory inspection sheet is available here (Laboratory Inspection Form)
A report identifying deficiencies and areas for improvement will be directed to the laboratory's Principal Investigator, and any applicable department designee. These items must be corrected within 30 days of receipt of the laboratory inspection report. If the items cannot be corrected in that timeframe, the Principal Investigator must submit a written corrective action plan detailing the expected corrections and estimated date of completion within the same 30 days. The Principal Investigator may designate a responsible party to submit the report. Any inspection finding posing eminent danger (likely to cause a serious hazard, injury, disability or death) must be corrected immediately
In addition to the inspections conducted by EHS, the departmental Chemical Hygiene Officer may also conduct periodic inspections especially during instructional labs to ensure that students are working in a safe environment.
EHS routinely checks some emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, emergency showers and eye wash stations. Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that first aid, spill equipment and appropriate PPE are available in their laboratories.
On occasion the University may be visited by federal, state, county or city regulatory inspectors. Some of these groups may contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) or the Research Office to initiate an inspection, but others may just present themselves at a lab or building. If this occurs, it is recommended that you follow these procedures:
If you are contacted to schedule an inspection, please inform EHS and allow the appropriate personnel to be present to assist with the inspection.
If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please contact EHS at x3201 or x3212