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April 2012 Safety and Environmental Compliance Audit

The University’s Environmental Management System prescribes that periodic program evaluations be performed in the form of a compliance audit no less often than triennially.  The last audit was conducted in Fall 2009.   The next audit is scheduled to commence on April 2, 2012 at Morningside and will conclude on April 26, 2012at Lamont-Doherty.  The complete audit schedule can be viewed here…http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/envauditschedule.html


EH&S, in partnership with the Facilities Compliance Offices at Morningside and CUMC and the Safety Office at Lamont-Doherty, will be leading the University-wide audit of laboratories and physical plants.  Throughout the audit, EH&S will be accompanied by representatives from Woodard & Curran, an independent safety and environmental consulting firm, hired to assist us with the assessment.  

The general scope of the laboratory portion of the audit includes an evaluation of practices related to chemical management/hygiene, laboratory safety, and waste management and laboratory safety training compliance.  EH&S recommends laboratory personnel review the Laboratory Safety components of the University’s Health & Safety Manual, including the specific program components below, and the laboratory’s compliance with safety training requirements (and refresh training in RASCAL as necessary).

If you have questions about the audit scope or audit schedule, please do not hesitate to contact EH&S @ labsafety@columbia.edu.  To request a pick-up of chemical waste or radioactive waste please click the appropriate hyperlink.  Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
 
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