Presentation on theme: "Risky Business - Managing the Risks in your Research Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Risky Business - Managing the Risks in your Research Program Jennifer WesleyManager, Research RiskUniversity of Guelph
2 California Inspectors Fine UCLA Lab in Fatal Fire Student's death confirmed as continent's first fatal wolf attackChemical leak at genetics lab kills one, injures fourWoman in hospital after chemical-lab mishapFumes from lab accident clear UQAM buildingExplosion blows professor through ceilingUniversity of Chicago Microbiologist Infected From Possible Lab AccidentUSF grad student burns face in lab accidentProf dies in lab accidentResearcher may have caught Ebola in lab accidentYale University Student Killed in Lab Machine Shop AccidentUniversity of Alberta researcher killed in ATV accidentStudents' Deaths in Colombia Cast a Pall Over ResearchWhy lab safety?Do Accidents really happen?A Drop of Virus From a Monkey Kills a Researcher in 6 WeeksCleveland State sued for lab electrocutionStudents injured in WRA lab fire settle suit for $18.9 millionUniversity student hurt in Lakehead lab explosionDamage estimated at $1.2 million in fire at U of Manitoba
3 Risk = severity x frequency What is risk?Risk -uncertainty about outcomes that can be positive or negativeRisk management – the process of making and implementing decisions that will minimize the adverse effects of accidental losses on the organizationRisk = severity x frequency
4 What’s on the line? Personnel Property Net income Liability Health and safety of you and your colleaguesPropertyLiabilityNet incomePersonnel
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6 What Hazards? Chemical Biohazards Radiation General laboratory equipmentEnvironmentalNanomaterialsControlled goods or technologyField workTravelPolitical unrestTransgenic plants and animalsAnimal useIndustrial processes and equipment….
8 Biohazards Health Canada regulates Human Pathogens and Toxins Human Pathogens and Toxins ActRegulations to be EstablishedLaboratory Biosafety GuidelinesMedical SurveillanceThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulates plant, animal and veterinary use of biohazardsInstitutional “license” and individual permit systemTrainingInspections
9 RadiationThe Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulated the use of nuclear materialsVery stringent rulesRegular audits/visitsUniversity Consolidated LicensePermits for individual usersMinistry of Labour regulates the use of lasers and x-raysHealth Canada regulates the use of Radiofrequencies (Safety Code 6)TrainingInspections
10 Laboratory Safety Very broad range of issues including: Chemical safety (WHMIS, TDG, Inventories)Control of hazardsEngineering controls – e.g. Fume hoods, biosafety cabinetsAdministrative controls – SOPs, instruction manuals, etc.Personal Protective EquipmentEye Wash Stations and Emergency Showers (ANSI Standards)The Ministry of Labour require compliance on safety equipment, guarding, house keeping, inspections, hazard identification, etc)TrainingInspections
11 Containment- inventory management – chemical inventoryLabellingSpills of unknown….Storage on shelves of incompatible material
12 Environmental Protection Environment Canada/MOE:Environmental assessmentsField trials with PNT materialsThe Ministry of the Environment :Environmental Compliance Approvals (air)Hazardous WasteRefrigerants, Solvents, Chemical SpillsMunicipal By-lawsSewer use, safety related building code issues
13 Field workE.g. Remote locations, ice surfaces, core drilling, boating, diving, driving, tree climbing, bears, mosquitoes, mountaineering…What are the hazards? What are the controls?What will you be doing? Where will you be staying? How will you communicate? Emergency plans? Approvals? Regulatory considerations?....
14 Controlled Research and Technology Controlled Goods regulationsChemical WeaponsExport and Area Control listsITAREAR
16 University Resources University Resources Office of Research /Environmental Health and SafetyTransgenic plants/animalsControlled goods/technologyAgricultural SafetyBiosafetyEnvironmental ManagementFacilities Safety and Occupational HygieneFirst AidHazardous Materials ManagementIndustrial SafetyInjury/Incident Reporting and PreventionIonizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation SafetyLaboratory and Research SafetyRegulatory Compliance Liaison and AssistanceInsurance
17 Competent Supervisor/ Due Diligence Respirator fit WHMISBiosafetyRadiation Safety A & BLasersX-raysCompetent Supervisor/ Due DiligenceRespirator fitGrower Safety PesticideDepart SmartTDGLab SafetyFirst AidChemicalsBiohazardsRadioisotopesSupervising/TAField workLab workPesticide applicationTransportation of hazardous materialsInternational travel
19 ConclusionRegulatory environment in Canada and Ontario is becoming more stringentResearch funding agencies (Tri-Council) are also putting the onus on institutions to “ensure” complianceE.g. Texas Tech/DHSUniversity administration bare the responsibility for reporting compliance and are accountable to the regulators and the Board of Governors
20 ConclusionMany resources available for Health and Safety Compliance and Risk Management:Office of ResearchEnvironmental Health and Safety/Occupational Health and WellnessInsurance and Risk ManagementPhysical Resources