In an effort to strengthen research and academic safety across the University of Michigan, beginning this month, laboratory inspection reports generated by the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) will now identify repeat deficiencies. A “repeat deficiency” is defined as a deficiency that is cited in two consecutive laboratory inspections.
As EHS works diligently to enhance a universitywide culture of safety, its team remains committed to correcting identified issues in a timely and sustainable manner. The addition of a “repeat” metric will provide EHS with important insight into whether the corrections made were indeed sustainable.
The expectation for timely correction is currently the same as other deficiencies – 30 days. This data will be reviewed collectively by the Research and Academic Safety Committee to determine next steps, and it will be included as part of the committee dashboard reporting to the respective units.
The EHS team is available to support research staff members so that, together, we can prioritize the elimination of repeat safety deficiencies by identifying issues and implementing strategies to prevent them from recurring.
Please contact your EHS representative if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your part in U-M’s effort to ensure safety first, safety every day.