The purpose of the extensive hazard identification efforts at Stanford is single minded: realistically assess problems and fix what needs to be fixed. A hierarchy of hazard correction builds from each of us as individuals all the way to the President of the University and the Board of Trustees. For example, when you complete your computer workstation training and assess your personal workstation, you are expected to make the corrections you can: rearrange work items, adjust your chair, re-position your monitor, adjust your behavior, etc.. If you cannot achieve a suitable outcome yourself additional resources may be applied as a result of informing your supervisor, such as professional evaluation by the EH&S staff. This may lead to recommendations to your supervisor to purchase items such as an adjustable footrest or monitor stand to correct a particular problem.
At the higher levels of the hierarchy, as scientific research techniques change and expand, they may require renovated or new facilities with safety features such as fumehoods, special storage facilities, or fire prevention features built in. These challenges are continuously assessed by the School, University, and Board of Trustees through the capital planning process and may result in major facility renovations or the building of leading edge research facilities like the Center for Clinical Sciences Research and the Clark Center.
In the middle of the hierarchy are extensive maintenance and improvement budgets spread throughout the departments, School, and University, to assure that both routine maintenance, such as cleaning, lighting, and flooring repairs and specialized modifications, such as special casework, flooring, or ventilation and equipment requirements are addressed in a timely manner. Ultimately, all of these are driven by each of us as individuals participating in identifying and communicating about safety and health issues as part of our day to day work life at Stanford.