General Lab Safety Inspection Program

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2016/17 Inspection Questions

Inspection FAQ

   

EH&S lab safety specialists inspect labs with hazardous materials or operations. Labs within the College of Chemistry are inspected twice per year, and all other labs annually. During inspections, lab safety specialists help researchers stay abreast of current safety requirements by providing consultation, support and resources. 2016/17 inspection topics cover training, chemical safety,  and equipment safety.

What to Expect

For a closer look at what EH&S will be checking for in labs this year, see the inspection questions. Reviewing the most recent lab self-inspection is another good way to prepare for inspections. The department safety coordinator for each department or an EH&S lab safety specialist will reach out to each lab to schedule an inspection time. Contact the campus chemical hygiene officer at (510) 643-6381 or ucbcho@berkeley.edu with any questions or concerns about the EH&S General Lab Safety Inspection Program.

After the Inspection

EH&S lab safety specialists will follow up with each lab regarding any issues that were noted during the inspection. Results of all inspections will be compiled and sent to the chair and dean of the appropriate academic unit for their review. The results of the inspections are subject to the UC Policy, Enforcement of Safety Standards in Academic Environments, which provides a procedure to address persistent non-compliance in labs.