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Research Assistance Program Audits

Learn more about lab inspections.

EH&S is charged with inspecting all research facilities at least annually. Any research operation that conducts hazardous operations, including use of chemicals, biological agents or equipment must be inspected per the UC San Diego Laboratory Safety Policy.

The goal of the audit is to identify deficiencies and educate researchers on how to recognize and mitigate hazards and compliance obligations related to their research operations.

Audit Process, Report & Corrective Action

Audits are scheduled with a Principal Investigator or their designee (Area Safety Coordinator) at the interval required. Following the audit a report will be sent to the Principal Investigator, Department Safety Officer, and any other designated Area Safety Coordinators.

The audit report includes all findings from the audit. Each finding carries a point value (1, 4 or 16) based on increasing levels of importance. All findings listed in the report must be corrected as soon as possible.

When findings are included on a report (point value > 0), a written response detailing the corrective action taken (or planned in the case of larger projects) is required within 10 days of receipt of the report.

  • The response must be an itemized detail of the corrective action taken to address each finding
  • Photo submissions are acceptable in lieu of detailed descriptions when applicable

You Research Assistance Program contact will review the response submission for completeness prior to closing out your audit. Additional action, details or clarification may be requested.

Audit Criteria

Criteria used to evaluate research laboratories has been developed by UC San Diego to meet internal policy obligations as well as local, state and federal code requirements.

  • The UC San Diego Laboratory Inspection Form details the full criteria

Laboratory Self-Inspections

Self-inspections must be completed by research groups at least once between each EH&S audit. The self-inspection serves to familiarize laboratory staff with common issues affecting researcher health and safety as well as environmental compliance.

Copies of the completed self-audit should be maintained in the lab for 3 years.