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EHS to Resume Unscheduled Inspection Program

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The unscheduled inspection program, led by the U-M Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), was put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With laboratory research activity returning to pre-pandemic levels, EHS has now resumed this program.

What You Should Know

  • Visits are intended to be brief and nondisruptive
  • Will focus on easily identifiable safety-related issues such as:
    • Not wearing appropriate PPE
    • Food or drink in the lab
    • Improper chemical labeling/storage
  • Not targeted toward animal spaces in the vivarium, but will include labs that may use animals in their research
  • Conducted by trained interns under the guidance of EHS representatives

Following each visit, Principal Investigators will receive a report that is similar to a regular EHS Inspection Report. Identified deficiencies contained within this report should be corrected as quickly as possible.


Visit the Research Safety First Initiative website to learn more about how the U-M research community is working toward an inspection-ready safety culture and how you can get involved in these efforts.

Thank you for your help in ensuring that safety remains a top priority throughout your daily research operations, and in your care and use of animals.

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