Is your laboratory inspection ready? Care to find out? In conjunction with the 2014 Research Safety Campaign, EH&S has engaged an independent, third-party consulting firm, to assist in assessing the “health” of the University’s research safety program. The consultant that will accompany EH&S on the laboratory assessments has successfully completed numerous safety and environmental audits at the University over the past decade, both inside and outside of the laboratories, and their independent observations have proven helpful to Columbia in continuing to build strong safety and environmental programs. The scope of the assessment will include the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, the laboratories’ LATCH, availability, selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the storage and use of hazardous gases, academic machine shop safety, and other laboratory safety program elements.
EH&S’ Hazardous Materials Team has initiated a University-wide initiative to examine environmentally preferable laboratory waste management practices. This strategy will include the traditional assessment of laboratory Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAAs) for conformance with the University’s 5 Ls of Hazardous Waste Management, as well as Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) regulations, to ensure that laboratory wastes do not pose a health or environmental hazard. Additionally, EH&S will be inquiring about laboratory waste reduction and recycling practices and seeking feedback on, as well as offering suggestions for, possible enhancements to further reduce the University’s environmental footprint.
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