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Research Facility Classifications

Learn about researcher facility classifications across UC San Diego.

The varied nature of research on campus presents a wide variety of hazards. In order to ensure that these hazards are properly addressed through appropriate controls and training, and that the requirements imposed on research groups are truly applicable, the following categories have been created:

  • Laboratory
  • Technical Research Area
  • Clinical Research Area

If the nature of research changes, areas can be reclassified based on input from Principal Investigators and Research Safety.

Process

Facilities classifications are set on a case-by-case basis, and as a collaborative effort between Principal Investigators and Environment, Health and Safety.

Definitions

Laboratory

“Laboratory” means a facility where the “laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” occurs1. It is a workplace where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis. Use or manipulation of biological or unsealed radiological materials would also qualify for this designation.

Technical Research

Research areas where no biological or radiological materials are used, and chemical usage does not meet the above definition of laboratory use. For example, small quantities of solvents or other materials used to maintain or clean equipment.

Clinical Research

Research areas where no hazardous materials are utilized, aside from the collection and manipulation of patient samples.

1 – Definition is derived from 8 CCR 519.

Requirements

Regardless of the classification, all research facilities must do the follow:

  • Complete training courses applicable to their classification
  • Complete a hazard assessment identifying required PPE
  • Coordinate EH&S inspections and complete self-audits                                      

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Laboratories

Training

For a complete discussion of training requirements, see the Safety Training for Laboratories. The essential courses are:

Hazard Assessments

The Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool should be utilized to identify what PPE is required for lab activities. Once completed and approved by the PI, the following should take place:

  • All personnel must review and acknowledge the assessment within the tool
  • All PPE required by the assessment must be made available to personnel, and documented in the tool

Inspections

Coordinate inspections with your EH&S inspector and correct all noted items within 10 days of receiving your report.

Complete a Self-Audit using the Laboratory Self-Audit Form every once every three months to ensure a safe work environment. 

Technical Research Areas

Training

For a complete discussion of training requirements, see the Safety Training for Technical Research Areas. The essential courses are:

Hazard Assessments

The Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool should be utilized to identify what PPE is required for lab activities. Once completed and approved by the PI, the following should take place:

  • All personnel must review and acknowledge the assessment within the tool
  • All PPE required by the assessment must be made available to personnel, and documented in the tool

Inspections

Coordinate inspections with your EH&S inspector and correct all noted items within 10 days of receiving your report.

Complete a Self-Audit using the Technical Research Area Self-Audit Form once every three months to ensure a safe work environment.

Clinical Research Areas

Training

For a complete discussion of training requirements, see the Safety Training for Clinical Research Areas. The essential courses are:

Hazard Assessments

The principal of universal precautions should be applied.

Inspections

Coordinate inspections with your EH&S inspector and correct all noted items within 10 days of receiving your report.

Complete a Self-Audit using the Technical Research Area Self-Audit Form once every three months to ensure a safe work environment.

Verifying lab personnel training using Training Analytics

Use My Research Safety to access Training Analytics and review training histories for lab personnel. This tool allows lab managers to monitor required, upcoming and expired training, specific to their lab. Available only to PI and EH&S Lab contacts.

Use the chart below to understand what each icon within the Training Analytics tool represents:

 

Description

lab

Laboratory, The PI is classified under the laboratory use of chemicals.  All personnel listed on the lab roster are required to take all required lab safety courses: UC Lab Safety Fundamentals, Annual Lab hazard training, 3-year refresher to UC Lab Safety Fundamentals.

tech lab icon

PI / Responsible party is classified as a Technical lab (shop, limited chemical use (e.g., for cleaning of instruments), no biological or Radioactive materials used).

clinical lab icon

The PI is classified as a Clinical lab location where no hazardous materials used aside from the collection and manipulation of patient samples. All personnel listed on the Clinical roster are required to take initial and annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training & Annual Lab hazard training to meet IIPP requirements.

controlled substance icon

Individual is listed on the Controlled Substances Use Authorization (CSUA) and must complete CS training as required to be approved as an Authorized Personnel on the CSUA.

biohazard icon

Individual is listed on the Biohazardous Authorization (BUA) and must complete all required training required under the BUA.

complete icon

All required training is complete.

incomplete icon

Indicates that training requirements are not completed. Click on individual to see what training is required.

expiring

Required training is about to expire. Turns yellow one month prior.

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