At UCR the Provost chose to establish a ‘departmental responsibility’ for lab audits.
EH&S provides the information, training and software to conduct a lab inspection.
The departments then decide how/who will conduct inspections (and when they are due within 365 days)..
Some departments have assigned this to the Faculty who have reassigned it to their graduate student or post-doc.
Other department have their departmental Chemical Hygiene Officer or other staff member conduct all the audits
The EH&S Audit Specialist reviews the audit results, inspects the reporting completed follow-ups and contacts a random audit here and there.
Russell Vernon, Ph.D.
Environmental Health & Safety
University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
Direct (951) 827-5119
Admin (951) 827-5528
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A few questions asked by our Administration:
1. What is the frequency of EH&S –led laboratory inspections for those of you in large academic research institutions?
2. # of EHS staff whose primary role is inspections?
3. Are Individual PI’s or Departments required to inspect their labs? How often?
-Stefan Wawzyniecki, CIH, CHMM
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