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Each month, the assigned building(s) are split between the team of LSPs equally (or asequally as possible). All assessments in the building will be completed and resultsreported to researchers within the month.The master schedule is placed on the ORS website and copies are provided to theDirector of Biosafety (DOB), the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), and the DORS asrequested.Approximately one month prior to the beginning of the assessments for a particularbuilding, the SSCO or their designee sends a courtesy notification to all PIs andlaboratory supervisors currently listed as having spaces in that building according toChematix.i.If the PI would like to schedule their assessment in order to be present, they mayrequest a specific date and time and these will be accommodated if possible.ii.If no email is received, then it is assumed that the laboratory does not need tohave someone present for the assessment and the assigned LSP will simplyperform the assessment at some point within the month.
Return to Table of ContentsLab Safety Assessments|4The SSCO or their designee also offers to host training seminars either by department,building, or for individual laboratories. For those that are interested, these seminars areheld typically 1-2 weeks prior to the beginning of routine assessments.V.Conducting AssessmentsA typical laboratory safety assessment will take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hoursdepending upon the type of hazards present in the laboratory. This includes travel time tothe lab, time to complete the assessment, and reporting of the assessment findings to thePI.Reports are typically filled out via electronic tablet or on paper and then entered intoChematix upon returning to the office.The following items are reviewed as part of a typical laboratory safety assessment:Immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) conditionsa safety violation thatposes an immediate threat to life or would interfere with an individual’s ability toescape from a dangerous situation. Labs with these types of deficiencies musteither correct the issue or develop a detailed action plan for addressing the issuewithin 24-48 hours of receiving notice.Critical conditionspotentially dangerous conditions primarily resulting fromphysical hazards or blocked/inoperable safety equipment. Labs with these types ofdeficiencies are given 5-7 days to either correct the issue or develop a detailedaction plan for addressing the issue.General laboratory conditionsincludes ingress/egress concerns, safety postings,sink conditions, the presence of food/drink, personal protective equipment, and theuse of appropriate lab attire.Chemical storage and documentationincludes chemical storage and labeling,including hazardous waste complianceSafety equipmentincludes verifying the most recent assessment dates for safetyshowers, eyewashes, fume hoods, and fire extinguishers as well as the presence offirst aid kits and spill kits, safety data sheets, and training documentation.

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Chemistry, Occupational safety and health, Dangerous goods, Gas cylinder

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