Texas Tech University

Laboratory Safety Self-Surveys

All laboratories are encouraged to conduct self-surveys using the Safety Survey Checklist on a regular basis.  This is the exact checklist that EHS uses for their annual safety survey and can be downloaded from the Tools & Templates page or the links on the right side bar. 

Frequent self-surveys help laboratories identify and address safety departures regularly which improves work area safety and promotes a positive and proactive safety culture at the laboratory/department level.

Laboratories can request training from EHS on how to use the survey checklist via email at ehs.lab.safety@ttu.edu.

Self-Survey Process

  1. EHS notifies the supervisor/PI and the DSO of the opportunity to self-survey. The supervisor can accept or deny the opportunity.
  2. The supervisor/PI will be assigned the applicable and accepted laboratory safety inspections in the Raider RAMP portal. The PI can request that the inspection be assigned to a Lab Safety Captain or other laboratory member by emailing ehs.lab.safety@ttu.edu.
  3. The laboratory has 30 calendar-days from the receipt of the email to complete the survey of the pertinent work area(s) and submit the inspection online.
    1. Lab members check the safety findings identified during the self-inspection. Photos can be attached. 
  4. The grace period for corrections to the identified safety departures unable to be "corrected onsite" (COS) are as follows: 
    1. Critical departures - need to be COS or within 24 hours
    2. Non-critical and Administrative departures must be corrected within 30 calendar days.
  5. After survey completion, the PI and EHS are notified via email through the RRAMP system.
  6. For those departures not COS, corrective actions are to be submitted, with evidence of the correction (e.g., photo, work order number, barcode request, etc) through RRAMP
  7. If the survey is not completed within the 30 calendar-day time frame or the safety departures are not corrected and submitted as described in #4 above, EHS will come to perform a safety survey of that space.

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