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Risk & Safety Solutions

Safety & Risk Management is implementing a set of tools designed to improve safety and facilitate regulatory compliance in laboratories across campus. Stan State will begin
using the software, which was developed at the University of California, by October 31, 2018.

The software includes three integrated modules:

  • Assessment: This tool allows principal investigators to identify hazards related to their research and share this and other critical safety information about these hazards with the members of their lab.
  • Chemicals: A chemical inventory management tool that uses a barcoding system to quickly add chemicals to an inventory. It includes a library of chemicals that are referenced to populate chemical details, like hazards and first aid information. Chemicals is available in a phone app as well as for tablet or desktop.
  • Inspect: A flexible, customizable tool that manages the scheduling, completion and long-term tracking of safety inspections. It is available for phones, tablets and desktops.

Amy Thomas, Director of Safety & Risk Management states, "The RSS tools will help our campus to upgrade our methods of assessment, inspection, and chemical inventory. The automation and simplicity of web-based checklist tools and connected databases will help us to have accurate, timely, and safely managed records and data that will help us reduce risk and increase safety in our campus labs and shops. Once the tools become integrated into our academic spaces, then we’ll see improvements with our equipment, PPE, resources, and support. We’ll finally have an accurate picture of the hazards, safety, and mitigation methods in teaching and research areas. These tools will help our students to obtain a 21st Century experience in lab safety and better environments that are safety assessed. Not to mention that with these tools we will be in better compliance with regulations and will reduce liability for unmet obligations."

UC Risk and Safety Solutions developed Assessment, Chemicals, and Inspect as part of its suite of risk management and safety tools. The software has been used extensively throughout UC’s ten campuses and five medical centers.

A variety of training materials on how to use the tools, including written tutorials and how-to videos, are available on the Lab Safety website. For more information, contact S&RM at 667-3057.