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Required Approvals

‘High hazard’ research is that which due to the nature of the hazard, or the quantity of the material, or the potential for exposure poses higher than usual risk to the worker.  Such research may require formal review and approval by a researcher’s departmental safety committee, perhaps with involvement of DEHS personnel.  High hazard research could include gases or chemicals listed in Tables 1-5 of this Laboratory Safety Plan, or certain biological or physical agents.  RSOs should conduct laboratory audits and consult with Principal Investigators to identify research programs which may fall into this ‘high hazard’ category.

PI’s whose research is identified as ‘high hazard’ should provide copies of their SOPs to the RSO and their department’s safety committee for review and approval. The committee should respond with any comments or requests for changes in a timely manner, and keep a written record of approvals within the department.

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