The EHS Chemical and Laboratory Safety group periodically inspects all Shops, Studios & Makerspaces across UVA.
The purpose of EHS inspections are to assist responsible faculty and staff in reducing the risk of injury, illness, or damage to property or the environment by following best practices, University policy, and State and Federal regulations.Shops, Studios & Makerspaces using equipment are subject to regulation by agencies that include: Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (Occupation Safety and Health Program) for general industry standards and Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office for fire and life safety code.
The best way to prepare for an EHS inspection is to conduct routine safety self-assessments. Use the Shop, Studio & Makerspace Self-Assessment Checklist and the Shop, Studio & Makerspace Equipment Safety Self-Assessment Checklist to create consistency with safe work practices and regulatory compliance.
EHS typically provides at least a 48-hour notice of inspection to the person(s) listed on the Hazard Communication Door Sign.
The inspection team uses the same criteria outlined in the Self-Assessment Checklist and Equipment Safety Self-Assessment Checklist. Faculty and staff responsible for the Shop, Studio or Makerspace, or their designee(s), are encouraged to be present and participate in the inspection.