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Why Do A Hazard Review

Laboratory activities and processes of a more hazardous nature require a Hazard Review, a systematic evaluation of the hazards and risks culminating in the identification and
implementation of controls designed to minimize the potential for adverse events.

It’s a sad reality that serious incidents resulting in physical harm and property damage continue to be more common in academic research laboratories than in private sector laboratories.

Subjecting your planned or existing process to a Hazard Review seeks to ensure that
all foreseeable paths to an adverse event are identified and controlled.

What Needs A Hazard Review?

Pressure vessels or pressurized equipment

Hazardous Gasses
Flammable and/or toxic compressed gases

Exhaust Devices
Project requiring exhaust


Class 3B or 4 Lasers

Growth or use of dry nanoparticles

Extreme Heat or Cold
Extreme temperatures, hot or cold

High Hazard
Use of toxic, corrosive, or unstable materials

Built ‘In House’
Work equipment designed or constructed ‘in house’

Large Scale
Large scale use of hazardous chemicals

Bulk Storage
Bulk chemical storage and supply systems

Contact the EH&S Equipment Safety Officer
Conducting A Hazard Review
Using A Hazard Review
  • Training of new researchers who plan to inherit and/or continue the work in some fashion is one example of a useful application of this material.
  • Management of Change: Any change to the process that may increase the risk of an adverse event should be recorded in the SOP and subjected to an evaluation to ensure risks are controlled.

More Information

Visit our Safety Plan webpage –  https://ehs.ncsu.edu/safety-plan/

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