Health & Safety Programs

March 2009

Palo Alto Wastewater Inspection

The Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant will conduct a facility walk-through of labs in the Grant, Alway and Lane Buildings on Thursday, March 25, 2009.

The focus of the inspection is handling, storage and potential sources of discharge of hazardous materials.

Please have labs review information on wastewater discharge related to research activities on the SOM Website.

Quarter 1 2009 Self-Inspection: Emergency Notification for Laboratories

The special topic for Quarter 1 is Emergency Notification for Laboratories, where we will review information posted in the life safety box, along with notification, reporting and responding to emergencies situations or work-related accidents.

Self-Inspections forms for this quarter need to be completed and returned to your department contact by March 31, 2009.

Please take this opportunity to look at questions that came up during the University-wide emergency exercise.

Chemical Inventory Update: Clark

Updates for the Clark Center is due by April 10, 2009.

Stanford policy requires labs to:
- add chemicals that are not currently in the inventory system
- delete items that are no longer in the lab and no longer in use
- adjust quantities of inventory items if ongoing changes have been made
- include all compressed gas cylinders and bleach (both often overlooked)

All chemical inventories need to be updated ONLINE using Chemtracker v1. Upon request, EH&S can provide current inventory summaries for your overall review. Contact Shelly Navarro ( for printouts, questions on accessing the system or for a username/password.

The Chemical Inventory Update is an annual process where labs review and update information in the ChemTracker database; the University uses this information as part of the Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) submitted to regulatory and response agencies.

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