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Chemical Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP)

The George Washington University has every desire to provide a safe work and educational environment and will make every reasonable effort to identify and eliminate environmental health and occupational hazards to its employees and students. To accomplish this, the University maintains an environmental health and safety laboratory inspection program.

The University has developed and implemented the GW Chemical Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP) to reduce the number of safety concerns that are present in laboratories. The laboratory safety inspections are to work in concert with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and Hazardous Materials Management Plan. Criteria are compiled in the CLIP Checklist. Criteria topic areas are to include but are not limited to:

1. General Safety Observations
2. Respiratory Protection
3. Personal Protective Equipment
4. Chemical Handling and Storage
5. Compressed Gas Management
6. Waste Disposal
7. Warning Signs and Labels
8. Fire Safety

Each laboratory will be inspected by Health and Safety at least once per semester. The evaluation criteria can be found below. The results of the inspection, along with recommended corrective actions, will be forwarded to each laboratory's Principal Investigator and department chair. It is also expected that laboratory staff will routinely perform self inspections to ensure compliance.

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