The University of Arizona

Inspections

Research Laboratory & Safety Services

Initial Visit

Principal Investigators (PI) who are responsible for a laboratory or set of laboratories must register as Chemical Approval Holders. Within two (2) business day of submitting the Laboratory Chemical Program Registration form, Research Laboratory & Safety Services (RLSS) will contact the PI to schedule the initial visit to the laboratory.

At the time the initial visit is scheduled, the PI will be sent the Chemical Safety Audit Check Guide, which provides an overview of what will be reviewed during the visit.

During this initial visit, RLSS staff will

  • explain the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program
  • complete a baseline assessment of compliance with chemical safety regulations and any hazard control measures required to protect laboratory workers from exposure
  • provide onsite guidance about the identified hazard control measures that must be implemented in your laboratory
  • answer any questions that you may have
  • posted required labels and signs

Annual Inspections (Audits)

Formal laboratory chemical safety audits are conducted by Research Laboratory & Safety Services chemical safety staff at least once a year.; All audits are planned and scheduled with the Approval Holder and/or Approval Safety Coordinator in advance. When audits are scheduled, RLSS will provide the Approval Holder/Approval Safety Coordinator with a copy of the Chemical Safety Audit Check Guide, which provides an overview of the laboratory requirements to be reviewed during the chemical safety audit. The RLSS may also perform additional inspections or assessments as needed or requested (e.g. when an AH reports certain changes in chemical inventory, use, or procedures).

Regulatory Agencies

Occasionally, regulatory agencies, such as the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, will perform inspections of the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program and University of Arizona laboratories.  Inspections by regulatory agencies are typically not announced or scheduled in advance. 

For compliance inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), ADOSH, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ), and Pima County Wastewater Management (PCWM), a combination of persons from both RMS and the RLSS will typically accompany inspectors. 

If an individual identifying themselves as an inspector requests access to a University laboratory for inspection, and is not accompanied by RMS or the RLSS staff, laboratory occupants are required to verify credentials of the inspector, and contact RMS and the RLSS immediately so they may send a representative.