Inspections should be performed regularly by the PI or laboratory supervisor at a frequency of at least once per year. A form which may be used by the PI or lab supervisor to perform these inspections is presented at the end of this section.
Environmental Health & Safety also conducts periodic laboratory safety inspections and upon request.
Safety inspections are collaborative efforts between laboratories and EH&S. The PI or a designated lab representative is encouraged to take part in the safety inspection process if possible.
EH&S inspections will include a general safety and chemical safety audit and a review of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
If a lab representative is not available or chooses not to attend, unsafe practices or conditions will be reported immediately to the PI or laboratory supervisor. A safety audit report will be sent to the PI or laboratory supervisor with recommendations for corrective action.
Laboratories are encouraged to work with EH&S if they need assistance or are unsure how to proceed in correcting deficiencies.
The Washington State Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), the WSU Fire & Safety Compliance Officer, and other regulatory agencies may also conduct safety and health compliance inspections of laboratories.
The Laboratory Inspection Checklist form may be used by laboratory supervisors or Principal Investigators. A similar inspection form may be used by Environmental Health & Safety inspectors in performing laboratory surveys.