Missouri State University

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 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

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 is a joint inspection involving a representative of Planning, Design & Construction and the Director of Environmental Management.

Art & Design Department

The hazardous waste generation and accumulation areas will be inspected daily by the graduate assistants working in the Art & Design Department.  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 in the Art & Design Department and copies submitted online to the Director of Environmental Management.  Areas of non-compliance will be reported to the department head.  The graduate assistant to the Director of Environmental Management will conduct periodic inspections of the waste accumulation containers in the painting rooms of the Art Annex.

Biology Department

The hazardous waste containers and the bio-waste containers in the biology labs will be inspected at least daily by the biology lab personnel and weekly 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.

Biomedical Science Department

Waste containers and the waste accumulation areas in the bio-medical laboratories will be 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 e-mail.  Continued or repeat non-compliance will be reported to the Biomedical Sciences Department Head.

Chemistry Department

  • Waste containers and the waste accumulation areas in the chemistry laboratories will be inspected daily 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 e-mail.  The chairperson of the Chemistry Lab Safety Committee will be copied on the notifications.  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 Departments.  Laboratory workers are expected to make necessary corrections as soon as possible after observing non-compliant issues or receiving notification from the Director of Environmental Management.  If, after three inspections of a laboratory, the same significant issue exists, a report will be sent to the Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences for further action.
  • 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 to adequate protective measures have been taken.

Geology, Geography & Planning Department

Waste containers and the waste accumulation areas in the geology laboratories will be inspected weekly 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 e-mail.  Continued or repeat non-compliance will be reported to the Geology, Geography, and Planning department head.

Hazardous Waste Storage Area

The 180-day hazardous waste storage area, located in the southeast area of the Central Stores and Warehouse building, will be formally inspected at least 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.  Informal inspections are conducted daily and need to be recorded.  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, chemical storage and use areas in Kings Street Annex and Karls Hall labs, and the Morris Center photography room.  Monthly inspections of these areas will generally be adequate except that active land disturbance areas must be inspected following each rainfall event.  Periodic inspections will also be conducted on the West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses as well as at the Darr Agricultural Center and Printing Services building.

Physics, Astronomy & Materials Science Department

Physics faculty and staff will conduct daily inspections of the hazardous waste generation areas of the Physics 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.

Waste Fluorescent Bulbs Storage Area

The waste fluorescent bulb storage area is located in the Central Stores and Maintenance building near the hazardous waste storage area. 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.