Several online tools designed to improve safety and facilitate regulatory compliance in laboratories across the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus are being adopted in an effort led by the UH Mānoa Environmental Health and Safety Office. The software was developed at the University of California and has been used extensively throughout UC’s 10 campuses and 5 medical centers.
The software includes three integrated modules or tools that can be used on smartphones, tablets and desktops:
- Assessment: A tool that assists principal investigators with identifying hazards related to their research and shares this and other critical safety information with members of their lab.
- Chemicals: A chemical inventory management tool that includes a library of chemicals that are referenced to populate chemical details, such as hazards and first aid information.
- Inspect: A flexible, customizable tool that manages the scheduling, completion and long-term tracking of safety inspections.
“This is the latest step we have taken at Mānoa to strengthen laboratory safety,” said UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor of Research Michael Bruno. “It is important to utilize the latest technology as we continue to foster a culture of safety so that hazard recognition and risk assessment are ingrained in the minds of all of our researchers.”
Other steps the university has taken in recent years include establishing a Chemical and Physical Hazards Committee to promote a greater awareness and commitment to health and safety in research and teaching laboratories.
A variety of training materials on how to use the tools, including written tutorials and how-to videos, are available on the Environmental Health and Safety Office website. For more information, contact the office at at (808) 956-8660.