As far as I can tell, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command https://mrmc.amedd.army..mil/ is the only government agency (that I deal with) that requires the submission and approval of a complete safety plan before you can apply for grants. They also require a Certificate of Environmental Compliance (CEC) with each submission, and an annual Facility Safety Plan Status Report.
The Facility Safety Plan includes information on Research Operations/SOPs, Facility Description, Radioactive Materials used and licenses, Chemical safety and Biosafety, and the Facility Safety Director's and PI's Assurance, etc.
To see the safety plan requirements, check out: https://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/assets/docs/sse/safetyappendix20091117.pdf
To see if your organization has applied and is approved to receive their funding, check out: https://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/assets/docs/SSE/Facility_Safety_Plan_Approved_Institutions.pdf
A copy of our (approved) Facility Safety Plan is located at : http://www.olemiss.edu/safety/pdf/army2009.pdf but a copy of our radioactive materials license is not attached.
Oh, and it is "Materiel" (as in military equipment and supplies), not "material" (everything else).
Hope this adds to the discussion.
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Kim's point about granting agencies is correct. The job we need to do is to provide the metric. In the ideal world, a group would develop a procedure in conjunction with ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and this would be provided to NIH/NSF/DoD/DHS/ etc as a guidance.
If we safety professionals cannot agree on a metric, then the agencies will not be able to and will not be inclined to take action.
So, this group should have a discussion on metrics =96
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