Inspections

Laboratory inspections are the responsibility of each department and Environmental Management, and will be conducted on the schedules specified on each of the department pages linked at left. Inspection schedules are determined by activity types to be conducted in each area as well as the frequency/volume of previous compliance issues reported for each area. Specified schedules apply during times that class is in session. Inspection items will include (but may not be limited to) general housekeeping and adherence to USEPA Satellite Accumulation Area rules for in-lab hazardous waste storage.

AHERA inspections (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act)

University representatives are required to conduct semi-annual inspections of specified areas of the floor tile in the Greenwood Laboratory School. Information on the inspection requirements and areas to be inspected are contained in a three-ring binder located in the Administrative Offices of Greenwood. The inspection is to include checking the condition of the asbestos-containing floor tile in the specified areas and recording the inspection in the binder. The inspection will be conducted by a representative of Planning, Design & Construction and/or the Director of Environmental Management.

Art and Design Department

Hazardous waste generation and accumulation areas in Brick City will be inspected periodically by Environmental Management. The areas to be included in the inspection are the painting rooms, and the metal/jewelry, ceramics, print-making and photography areas. The inspection reports will be maintained by Environmental Management. Areas of non-compliance will be reported to the Art and Design department head.

Biology Department

The hazardous waste containers and the bio-waste containers in the biology labs are to be properly maintained by the biology lab personnel, and will be inspected periodically by the Environmental Management department staff. Instances of non-compliance will be reported to the laboratory supervisor. Repeated or continued non-compliance will be reported to the Biology Department head and/or the Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS).

Biomedical Science Department

Waste containers and the waste accumulation areas in the bio-medical laboratories are inspected weekly by the Environmental Management department staff. These inspections will be documented and maintained in the Environmental Management files. If areas of concern about compliance are observed, corrective action may be taken immediately by the Environmental Management Department staff or laboratory workers. The areas of non-compliance will be noted on the form and the appropriate lab supervisor will be contacted via email. Continued or repeat non-compliance will be reported to the Biomedical Sciences department head and or/ the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

Chemistry Department

  • Waste containers and the waste accumulation areas in the chemistry laboratories are inspected weekly by Environmental Management (EM) staff. These inspections will be documented and maintained in the Environmental Management department files. If areas of concern about compliance are observed, corrective action may be taken immediately by the EM staff or laboratory workers. The areas of non-compliance will be noted on the form and the appropriate lab supervisor will be contacted via email. If continued or repeat concerns are noted, the Chemistry department head will be notified. The Director of Environmental Management will follow-up to determine if a further need for corrective action exists.
  • All laboratories will perform self-reviews, using guidance provided by the Environmental Management department. Laboratory workers are expected to make necessary corrections as soon as possible after observing non-compliant issues or receiving notification from Environmental Management. If, after three inspections of a laboratory, the same significant issue exists, a report will be sent to the Dean of CNAS.
  • In cases of imminent and substantial danger to life, health or the environment, the Director of Environmental Management is authorized to order the cessation of hazardous activity in the laboratory until the danger from such a condition is abated or adequate protective measures have been taken.

Cooperative Engineering Program

Cooperative Engineering faculty and staff are responsible for maintaining the hazardous waste generation areas of the department. Environmental Management department staff will conduct periodic inspections of those areas and record any areas of non-compliance. Inspection records will be maintained in the EM Department files. Instances of non-compliance will be reported to the Program Director. Repeated or continued non-compliance may be reported to the Dean of CNAS.

Geology, Geography & Planning Department

Waste containers and the waste accumulation areas in the geology laboratories will be inspected periodically by the Environmental Management department staff. These inspections will be documented and maintained in the Environmental Management Department files. If areas of concern about compliance are observed, corrective action may be taken immediately by the Environmental Management Department staff or laboratory workers. The areas of non-compliance will be noted on the form and the appropriate lab supervisor will be contact via email. Continued or repeat non-compliance will be reported to the Geology, Geography, and Planning department head and/or the Dean of CNAS.

Hazardous waste storage area

The 180-day hazardous waste storage area, located in the Central Stores and Warehouse building, will be formally inspected weekly. The inspections are to be recorded on the inspection checklist provided at the storage area. Inspections include checking for leaks and spills, making certain fire extinguishers and spill control equipment are available, checking for adequate aisle space and for proper segregation of waste. Any deficiencies must be recorded and corrected immediately. Corrective measures are to be recorded on the inspection checklist noting date and time of the measures.

Miscellaneous inspections

Additional inspections may be required periodically such as for land disturbance activities, used oil storage and accumulation areas, emergency generator fuel tanks, and chemical storage and use areas in Kings Street Annex and Karls Hall labs. Periodic inspections will also be conducted on the West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses as well as at the Darr Agricultural Center.

Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science Department

Physics faculty and staff are responsible for maintaining the hazardous waste generation areas of the Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science department. Environmental Management department staff will conduct weekly inspections of those areas and record any areas of non-compliance. Instances of non-compliance will be reported to the laboratory supervisor. Repeated or continued non-compliance will be reported to the Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science department head and/or the Dean of CNAS.

Waste fluorescent bulbs storage area

The waste fluorescent bulb storage area is located in the Central Stores and Maintenance building. This is the primary storage location for bulbs brought to the Environmental Management department from other departments. The bulb storage containers will be checked for proper labeling and to make sure that storage containers are properly sealed after delivery to the storage area.