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Laboratory
Inspections

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) conducts routine university wide laboratory safety inspections with the intent to reduce risk, determine compliance with Federal and State regulations and to promote a culture of safety. Inspections encompass chemical, biological and hazard communication topics and are conducted in the presence of a laboratory employee familiar with the operations. Inspections are announced and often times scheduled with the process typically taking between 20 to 40 minutes. Each year laboratories are encouraged to obtain a copy of the revised laboratory safety checklist and to perform periodic self-inspections. The self-inspection process allows groups the opportunity to raise awareness to the risks while promoting a safety culture with the laboratory.

The results of the inspections are shared directly with researchers and departments assisting them in identifying strengths and weaknesses in their laboratory safety programs. EHS uses the information to help focus resources on reducing risk and on developing and implementing strategies that will increase compliance with State and Federal regulations.
Receipt, Responses and Follow-up to Inspection Items
Following the inspection process EHS provides the Principal Investigator (P.I.) with an email detailing any necessary inspection follow-up. When noted deficiencies are found, the P.I. must acknowledge receipt of the inspection report by responding with a corrective action plan using the web-based EHS Assist (EHSA) system within 15 calendar days as to the status of compliance issues. Correspondence using the EHSA system is necessary for documentation and provides a means of communicating to the status of pending action items. Checklist items considered to be a significant risk are required to be reviewed by the designated inspector. EHS understands that some issues may take additional time and resources to correct, however, the written corrective action plan should be submitted within 15 calendar days. Once all action items have been completed the P.I. will receive an email indicating the inspection is considered closed.

Each building is assigned an inspector to conduct the laboratory inspections.
Aero & Astro. Research Lab, Aronoff Labs, Bolz Hall, Caldwell Labs, Celeste Laboratory, Center for Automotive Research, Columbus Zoo Freshwater Mussel Facility, Derby Hall, Dreese Labs, Edison Welding, ESL, Evans Lab, Fontana Lab, Founders Hall, Fry Lab, Hitchcock Hall, Jennings Hall, Koffolt Labs, MacQuigg Labs, McPherson Labs, Mendenhall Labs, Nanotechnology West, Newman & Wolfram Laboratory, Orton Hall, Physics Research, Postle Hall, Scott LabsMitch Baker
1314 Kinnear Rd, 1315 Kinnear Rd, Agricultural Engineering Building, Animal Science Building, Bevis Hall, Howlett Hall, Kottman Hall, NRL, Pressey Hall, Plum Hall, Plant Germplasm Center, Parker Food Science Building, Rightmire Hall, Scott HallWill Benedetti
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Care Pt. East, Graves Hall, Tzagournis MRFBridget Carruthers
Atwell Hall, Campbell Hall, Davis Center, Doan Hall, HLRI, LAC(Godown rd.), McCampbell Hall, Polaris Center, Psychology Building, Starling-Loving HallJustin Ellis
Biological Research Tower (BRT)Holly Ferris
2012 Kenny Rd, Ackerman Rd, Cunz Hall, Hamilton Hall, IBMR, James CHRI, Journalism Building, Morehouse Institute, Neuroscience Building, Newton Hall, Rhodes Hall, Smith Labs, Wiseman HallCarrie Parinandi
Goss Laboratory, OARDC/Wooster, Rothenbuhler Bee Lab, Sisson Hall, VMAR, Veterinary Medical Center, Wetlands ResearchDorian Richards
Biological Sciences Building, Parks Hall, Riffe BuildingTina Bogac