Compliance With Laboratory Safety Standards
This section has been reviewed and updated as needed: April 2012
|Standard||Key Compliance Issues|
|OSHA Laboratory Standard||Laboratory Safety Plan, training of staff, MSDSs, emergency plan, secure compressed gas cylinders, outdated peroxide-formers|
|EPA/State Hazardous Waste regulations||Lids, labels, mixing incompatibles, secondary containment, location|
|Radiation Protection regulations||Radiation source control, dose limits, waste, training, personnel monitoring, labeling, and hazard information signs|
|Fire/Life Safety Codes||10-gallon open storage flammables limit, clear laboratory egress, hallway storage|
|Biological Safety, Security and rDNA||Biological agents and toxins use practices, containment, facilities, management and security|
|University policies||Training, prevention of injuries, personnel policies, grant proposal review|
|Consensus standards of good laboratory practice||Hazardous material inventory minimization and storage compatibility, housekeeping, appropriate attire, food & drink within designated area|
- Imminent danger
- a process, action, or condition where there is reasonable certainty a hazard exists in a UNC laboratory that can be expected to casue serious physical harm.
- Serious violation
- a process, action, or condition in a UNC laboratory that will probably lead to physical harm or significant exposure to biological or physical agents or violates regulatory standards (e.g. hazardous waste container management).
- Non-serious violation
- a process, action or condition that has a direct relationship to health and safety in a UNC laboratory but probably would not cause serious physical harm or significant exposure to biological or physical agents. Related non-serious violations may result in a serious violation where in combination they present a substantial probability of exposure, injury or physical harm.
- Required UNC laboratory EHS documentation has not been completed, updated, submitted, and/or retained.
Environment, Health & Safety notifies lab personnel to immediately cease operations and close the laboratory,then notifies the EHS Director who in turn notifies the department head of the affected PI to request assistance in abatement of the problem. The EHS Director also notifies the Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Services to secure the area if necessary. EHS will perform follow-up inspections to ensure compliance.
Environment, Health & Safety notifies lab personnel and PI, if available, of the violation and sets a deadline for abatement, and may recommend that the PI shut down the operation until abated. Follow-up notification, in writing, goes to the PI and safety supervisor. EHS will perform follow-up inspections to ensure compliance if appropriate. If EHS observes instances of noncompliance with hazardous waste container management regulations, ALL laboratory personnel, including Principal Investigators, will be required to complete an online “Hazardous Waste Refresher” training course. All lab members must complete the training course within two weeks of the laboratory safety inspection report date. If not all lab personnel complete the training within two weeks, EHS will act in accordance with the University Enforcement Policy, which requires consultation with the EHS Chemical Hygiene Officer. EHS will conduct a follow-up hazardous waste inspection in three months to verify that compliance with the regulations is being maintained.
Environment, Health & Safety notifies laboratory personnel of the violation and requests abatement as soon as practicable. EHS sends follow-up notification in writing to the PI. EHS sends a summary report of all inspected PIs to respective department heads annually.
Environment, Health & Safety notifies laboratory personnel of the violation and requests abatement as soon as practiable. EHS sends follow-up notification in writing to the PI. EHS sends a summary report of all inspected PIs to respective department heads annually.