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Laboratory safety program assessment in academia

Authors
Journal
Chemical Health and Safety
1074-9098
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.chs.2004.05.016

Abstract

Abstract In academia, a successful laboratory safety program is not based upon an annual laboratory inspection or training event. A successful laboratory safety program is an ongoing activity that involves the daily commitment of everyone in the facility to ensure a safe and healthy environment in which to teach, learn, and perform research. Successful safety programs are based upon a compendium of factors. Based on my experience as a Safety Director, I have identified several elements that combine to create an effective laboratory safety program. This paper will discuss the following laboratory safety program fundamentals: Safety Leaders, Safety Documents, Chemical Management, Facilities Management, and Safety Activities.

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