Principal Investigators who are responsible for a laboratory or set of laboratories must register as Chemical Safety Approval Holders through Research Laboratory & Safety Services by completing the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program Registration form.
After submitting the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program Registration form, you will be contacted by Research Laboratory & Safety Services (RLSS) within two (2) business days to schedule an initial visit to your laboratory/laboratories.
When you schedule your initial visit, you will receive the Chemical Safety Audit Check Guide, which provides an overview of the laboratory requirements that will be reviewed during the visit.
At the initial visit, a member of RLSS staff will explain the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program and complete a baseline assessment of your compliance with chemical safety regulations and any hazard control measures required to protect your laboratory workers from exposure. The visiting RLSS staff member will provide onsite guidance about the identified hazard control measures that must be implemented in your laboratory and will be available to answer any questions that you may have. Any required labels and signs will be posted at this time.
Following the initial visit, the Approval Holder will receive a report summarizing the visit. Any required corrective measures that must be implemented by the time of the first formal audit will be listed in a detailed checklist attached to the inspection report. The scheduled month of your first formal audit (scheduled during the initial visit) will also be in this report.
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).