Principle of Safety Program
The Boston University (BU) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) safety program adopts the quality control approach, continuous review and improvement, and the core principles of Plan-Do-Check-Act:
The Comprehensive Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP) has been developed to meet the post-approval verification and monitoring* requirements as a mechanism to:
- Monitor compliance of applicable regulations, standards, and policies;
- Evaluate the efficacy of the safety program;
- Allow for early identification of potential problems and corrective actions;
- Determine the level of adherence by users to ensure safe operating procedures;
- Provide an interface between Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and research staff;
- Allow for the timely identification of problems or potential problems and the remediation of programmatic areas in need of improvement; and
- Develop new or enhance existing training programs to support the culture of safety.
These audits are conducted by EHS staff and include a thorough review of the administrative requirements of the programs, training records, usage and storage procedures, protective personnel equipment, and surveys and wipe tests of the laboratories.
*Post-approval verification and monitoring is the term used to describe the programmatic approach an institution implements to ensure that the approved research activities are conducted in accordance with the regulations that govern such activities.