Comprehensive Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP)
During the spring of 2017, the University started the implementation of the Comprehensive Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP) with a pilot project. The inspections during the pilot project were limited in scope and focused primarily on compliance with administrative requirements. A total of five topics were covered during the inspection. You can view the information on each of these topics below. Subsequent inspections will resume during the 17-18 Academic Year with the guidance of the Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee (LCSC). Click here for the Committee Membership.
Chemical Hygiene Plan
WAC 296-828 requires all labs that use hazardous chemicals to develop and carry out a written chemical hygiene plan.
Does your lab have a current chemical hygiene plan? Is it easily accessible to all lab personnel? Are they familiar with the information contained in the plan?
You can learn more about chemical hygiene plans, and find tools to assist you in meeting the chemical hygiene plan requirements here.
The first step towards keeping personnel safe in the lab is identifying potential hazards. State law requires the documentation of these hazards and the selection of appropriate protective measures to mitigate the risks posed by these hazards.
How are hazards identified and documented in your lab? How are protective measures selected? How is this information conveyed to all lab personnel?
You can learn more about conducting a hazard assessment in your lab, and find tools to assist you in meeting the hazard assessment requirements here.
Lab Safety Training
Once you have identified potential hazards in the lab, it is important that all personnel receive appropriate training. A variety of federal and state laws as well as University policies require that safety training be provided to, and documented for, all lab personnel. This includes both general safety awareness training and process specific training for activities in your lab.
How are lab personnel trained on general safety awareness? How are lab personnel trained on activities specific to your lab? Can you provide documentation that all personnel receive the appropriate trainings?
Many departments have created their own general lab safety awareness training. If you are uncertain if your department has created this training, contact your Department Safety Coordinator for assistance. If your department has not created a safety training, EHS can provide an on-line training through Canvas.
Maintaining accurate injury and exposure records is an essential part of Western's accident prevention program.
If an incident or potential incident is observed in your lab, do you know how to report it? Are all lab personnel aware of this process?
Information on incident reporting, links to on-line reporting, and PDF copies of paper reporting forms can all be found here.
Labs are required to keep an updated chemical inventory and safety data sheets (SDS) readily available at all times for hazardous materials present in the workspace.
Does your lab maintain an accurate chemical inventory? Do you know the process for keeping the inventory up to date? Are safety data sheets readily available to personnel for all chemicals in the lab?
Most departments on campus maintain their chemical inventory in a centralized electronic database called CHIMERA. This system also provides electronic access to SDSs for all chemicals included in the inventory. More information on CHIMERA is available here.