Health & Safety Programs

Self-Inspection Topic for Quarter 4, 2013
Preparing for a New Culture of Safety

The quarterly topic is Preparing for a New Culture of Safety. Advancing the Culture of Safety is an important initiative that is being carried out at many campuses throughout the country. The initiative has strong support and encouragement from many national organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and The American Chemical Society.

The University Committee on Health and Safety is holding Town Hall meetings to obtain feedback from the Stanford Community on the current safety culture at Stanford; the next one will take place on Wednesday, December 4, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the Clark Center Auditorium.

All participants will receive a voucher for "free lunch" afterwards at the Nexus Café. The School of Medicine's Health and Safety Programs Office encourages everyone to participate; the attached flyer provides necessary details. Culture of Safety TaskForce120413PDF

INSPECTION FORMS - Self-Inspections forms need to be completed by December 31, 2013. There are three different inspection forms for labs and other areas used for chemical storage to complete. SC County is verifying the completion of forms as part of the hazardous materials and waste inspections:

  1. [LAB] Lab Inspection Checklist Lab Checklist PDF Gencheck MS Word Version - For labs areas only (At a minimum include all rooms reporting a chemical inventory).
  2. [SHOP] Shop Area Inspection Checklist Shop Checklist PDF - For shops only
  3. [UNOCCUPIED ROOMS WITH CHEMICAL STORAGE] Hazardous Materials Storage: Monthly Inspection Checklist Monthly Inspection Checklist PDF - Use this form for rooms that are designated as Hazardous Materials Storage Areas but are not laboratories or routinely occupiedwork areas.

FACILITIES OPERATION CHANGES AND UPDATES - A reminder to use the online eAM Work Request system or phone the OFPM Workflow Control Desk (650.721.2146) for service requests or questions and additional information regarding changes to housekeeping and medical waste services.

HEALTH AND SAFETY BRIEFINGS - [ALL] Don't forget to contact the Health and Safety Programs Offices to schedule briefings with New PIs. (Similar briefings are also available for new DFA's, Chairs, Health and Safety Contacts)


  1. [NEW] Purchasing Prescription Safety Glasses
    To assist Stanford personnel who need to purchase prescription safety glasses, starting January 15, 2014, an outside vendor (Prestige Lens Lab) will be on campus twice a month to provide safety eyewear dispensing services to university personnel. Details can be found on the University EH&S website at:
  2. [NEW] Distracted Walking Awareness
    • With the high prevalence of mobile phone use at Stanford and increasing Campus traffic and construction activities, pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to take simple safety measures, including but not limited to the following:
    • Be continually aware of your surroundings Stop if you need to use the phone Avoid headphone use while walking and bicycling, especially in high-traffic areas Before crossing the street, look both ways for oncoming car/bicycle traffic.
    • Make eye contact with motorists and cyclists before crossing
    • Use handrails when walking up/down stair
    • Additional safety awareness resources for posting in common areas
  3. [REMINDER] Winter Weather Reminder for Building Managers - As we enter the rainy season, ensure local building management implements the following:
    • During wet weather, ensure extra doormats are placed at building entryways to allow entrants to completely dry off their shoes.
    • With the recent end of daylight saving, ensure building exterior lights are set to accommodate the time change.
    • Ensure your facilities have been re-inspected to identify and address potential slip/trip/fall hazards in/around your buildings; see the safety inspection tool and guidance.
    • Slip/trip/trip fall guidance for building managers can be found in the Fall 2010 edition of From the Ground Up.
  4. [REMINDER] Universal Precautions and Exposure Control Plans - Do you work with human/non-human primate blood/body fluids and/or organs, unfixed human/non-human primate cells (including tissue culture cells and cell lines), bloodborne pathogens or animals that have been infected with bloodborne pathogens? If yes, then you must complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training (EHS-1600) and an Exposure Control Plan
    (See - under Safety and Medical Monitoring). Note: “Universal Precautions” must be observed when working with these materials, INCLUDING human tissue culture cells and cell lines; these materials must be treated as if they are contaminated with pathogens. EHS-Universal Precautions Guidance Document
  5. [REMINDER FOR LAB/SHOP] A reminder that PPE is a necessary part of laboratory safety. The use of appropriate PPE protects individuals from exposure to hazards in the workplace. See information on Selecting Personal Protective Equipment from the Stanford University Chemical Safety Toolkit.
Updated 11/30/13 @ 11:30

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