Outcome of FY2021 Research Safety Laboratory Assessments

During fiscal year 2021, the EHSO Research Safety team conducted assessments of research spaces to help ensure a safe work environment, to identify and correct laboratory hazards and to assist with regulatory compliance. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a modified assessment was performed in research and core facility laboratories following COVID-19 safety recommendations. The checklist of items reviewed was communicated to researchers in the Special Edition Lab Rat Newsletter published on January 14, 2021. A total of 424 assessments were complete between February and July. 

Average Assessment Scores: 

  • Emory University (overall) – 91% compliant 
  • Emory School of Medicine – 91% compliant 
  • Emory College of Arts and Science – 87% compliant 
  • Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing + Rollins School of Public Health – 94% compliant 
  • Yerkes National Primate Research Center – 98% compliant 

Top 5 Assessment Findings: 

  • Chemical waste was not maintained according to Emory’s Regulated Waste Guidelines. 
  • Lab Self Inspection (LSI) had not been completed within the last 12 months. 
  • Emergency eyewash equipment was not activated monthly or maintained. 
  • All lab personnel did not complete initial and/or refresher laboratory safety training coursework. This includes lab-specific and applicable EHSO training courses. 
  • All lab personnel were not listed in the PI’s BioRAFT member roster. 



 Please contact your Research Safety Building Liaison if you have any questions.  



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