‘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.