Health & Safety Programs

Self-Inspection Topic for Quarter 2, 2013
What to Expect During a
Hazardous Materials and Waste Inspection

The quarterly topic for Quarter 2, 2013 is What to Expect During a Hazardous Materials and Waste Inspection. Labs need to complete Self-Inspection checklists and corrections noted for this quarter by June 30, 2013.

Santa Clara County has started inspecting School of Medicine buildings with research laboratories and other areas using or storing hazardous materials. Inspections will continue for the next two years. We provide as much advance notification as possible.

Lab personnel should participate in the preparation as they may be asked questions by the inspector regarding items observed on work benches; the expectation is that safe and compliant practices are followed at ALL times and not just at the time of inspection!




  1. Inform ALL members of lab of upcoming inspections and expectations; researchers may be asked questions by the inspector regarding items observed on work benches.
  2. Refer to the Laboratory Chemical Safety Toolkit for information on Safe Lab Practices and Chemical Waste Disposal.
  3. Complete Self-Inspections - Use checklists as a guide; all members can participate and check their own work areas and correct any noted deficiencies! Additional details and links to checklists are included below.
    Completed checklists MAY be reviewed by the inspector as part of the inspection!
  4. Make sure that chemical inventories are up-to-date in ChemTracker. Check with the University Safety and Compliance Advisor (SCA) for assistance.
  5. Future updates and communication - Department contacts will receive updates by email; in addition, labs can find information online on the Messageboard on HSPO Website; updates will be posted on the SOM Health and Safety Programs Website. This is a secured area so a valid SUNet ID is needed to access information posted in this section.


Self-Inspection checklists provide a concise outline of key points for auding safety and compliance. Checklists are provided for labs to use to periodically check their work areas to identify and CORRECT general laboratory hazards encountered during normal operations. Carefully read each point on the checklist and check that elements are compliant.
Completed checklists MAY be reviewed as part of a regulatory inspection!

Checklists in the School of Medicine are maintained in labs and departmental offices. Departments, Divisions or Programs/Institutes/Service Centers certify checklists have been completed for their areas by submitting a single summary form to our office.

Updated 06/01/13 @ 10:50

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