Whether you are a hospital, a private incubator space, or a university, It can be difficult to achieve safe and compliant operation in both the incubator and dedicated working lab space. Many factors go into the physical move itself, including finding the right location that works for you, negotiating leases, and more. The Triumvirate Environment breaks down into three unique steps to get into and operate the wet lab space.
Step I: Set Up
The most important factor in this step is to ensure worker health and safety. programs. Labs are extremely dangerous and pose risks throughout space. OSHA requirements must be met. Everything that happens in the lab space should be documented. Documentation may include vendor and facility permits or licenses, written management plans and training records. Employees also need to be up to date with proper protocols in the lab space, including mandatory training. Training (ie, DOT and IATA) have different annual requirements based on specific training, so it is important to stay informed about these mandates. Federal, state and local requirements also vary, and it is important to know the unique requirements for all laboratory locations. Initial arrangements to lay the groundwork for a successful operation are essential to the success of a properly operated laboratory space. Other initial steps in this phase include the distribution of first aid kits, proper signage and posting, installation of waste containers, spill response kits, and services with a licensed hauler to remove hazardous waste from your site.
Phase II: Ongoing Operations
Creating a scalable program that grows with you as your company grows is a highly recommended approach. Why is it important to have an EHS program? So that your employees are safe, and the company remains compliant. This is true, no matter how big your business is. It is important to stay in compliance. There will be regular, and even unannounced inspections and it is expected that you will be prepared under any circumstances. Being prepared may mean establishing a laboratory operation program such as new hire training or a chemical sanitation plan, as well as Hazardous Materials Management, such as spill response preparation, waste mitigation planning, manifest tracking and documentation, storage compliance, and even RCRA and DOT trained individuals. All of this is done to prevent accidents and remain in compliance with OSHA.
Phase III: Advanced Support
Whether you are a lessee, property manager, or a property owner, you will need ongoing support to keep all requirements in place to comply. If you are in a laboratory location with highly hazardous operations, radioactive material, or require a laser safety program, there is a need for frequent monitoring, training, and documentation. This can mean lockout/tagout programs, employee risk monitoring and CDC compliance checks.
The most common wet lab space programs can be described as “centralised” or as The “decentralized” EHS program. Centralized means less risk, and a “white glove” service, while decentralized allows more freedom and more responsibility. While each approach has its pros and cons, it is important to create a program that works best for your unique lab location and company.
Triumvirate has a simple solution for creating an EHS program EHSonetm. EHSonetm is A unique delivery model that provides professional services for managing your EHS program. Under this one program, Triumvirate offers Integrated waste management, personalized billing, and regular onsite support, audits, and feedback to foster continued growth. Contact us to find out more EHSonetm And how can we help you with any and all of your EHS needs, including moving to a wet lab location.
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