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Lab Inspections

Laboratories must be inspected to identify and address potential safety and health deficiencies and to comply with regulations. There are many different types of inspections that must be completed. Use the table below to determine what type of inspection is required and how often it must take place.

What to do?

Where?

When?

General Laboratory Self-Inspection

For all laboratories

At least quarterly (more frequently where determined appropriate by PI or laboratory supervisor). Use BioRaft for lab inspections.

  • Retain records of inspection and any follow-up for at least three years.

Hazardous Materials Storage Area Self-Inspection

For rooms designated as hazardous materials storage areas (including shared/common work areas and designated storage rooms)

At least monthly

  • Retain records of inspection and any follow-up for at least three years.

Waste Accumulation Area Self-Inspection

For specially designated waste accumulation areas. Contact EH&S Chemical Waste Program at x5-7520 for more information.

At least weekly

  • Retain records of inspection and any follow-up for at least three years.

Controlled Substance Laboratory Self-Inspection

For laboratories where controlled substancesare used or stored (applicable to labs enrolled under the institutional program).

At least quarterly

  • Retain records of inspection and any follow-up for at least one year.

Testing frequencies of safety-related equipment (eyewashes, fume hoods, etc.)


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