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Enhancing the Culture of Safety in the U-M Research Community

On April 20, 2015, President Schlissel sent an email to the campus community regarding research safety culture at the University of Michigan. As part of an ambitious plan moving forward, U-M's Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH) and Office of Research (UMOR), in coordination with the Office of the Provost, has launched an initiative to strengthen current programs for research safety. Specific measures include a new oversight committee on research safety, a survey to assess awareness of safety procedures, clarification of roles and responsibilities for laboratory safety, and increased communication and information on safety issues and procedures.

OSEH is ready to partner with our research community to identify risks and find ways to deal with them. To view the full letter from Present Schlissel, click here.


Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

Updated University of Michigan Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

OSEH has released the updated U-M CHP which establishes a written program designed to protect laboratory personnel from hazardous chemicals in accordance with the requirements of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) Part 431 Hazardous Work in Laboratories Standard R 325-70100. CHP policies promote a healthy and safe work environment and provide information on best practices in laboratory health and safety. The document is web-based and includes information to ensure that all laboratory personnel have working knowledge about the hazardous chemicals they use. Major updates this year include documented monthly eyewash inspections and a transition to the U-M chemical inventory system. The CHP is available here along with a new compliance document binder and standard operating procedures for chemicals frequently used at U-M. Personnel working in laboratories should read and become familiar with the CHP and it's University-wide requirements. Principal Investigators will be required to have a document binder with appropriate information and lab specific procedures for any hazards not addressed within the CHP.

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