3.3 Potential Hazards Identification

Updated March 17, 2016

The Potential Hazards Assessment SOP is closely associated with the PI/Space Registration Process and is often completed simultaneously. The process results in a database called the Potential Hazards Inventory.

During the Potential Hazards Identification Process, the DLC EHS Coordinator and the EHS Office Lead Contact evaluate the space and activities conducted in that space to more specifically identify the various hazard types and safety equipment contained within. This process is grouped into seven categories (chemicals, chemical wastes, biological, radiation sources, non-ionizing radiation sources, safety equipment, and other) to determine where potential hazards/regulations are present in or applicable to the space. The information from this process assists the EHS Office in developing and implementing appropriate programs for periodic assessments and control of hazards, training, inspections, and prevention activities.

In addition to the Potential Hazards Identification Process, the EHS Office coordinates the annual chemical reporting that satisfies the requirements of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated SARA Title III inventory and "Chemical of Interest (COI)" survey for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  DLCs are required to keep a chemical inventory within their spaces including solvents and gases.

There are a number of other specific EHS programs at MIT that identify potential hazards and regulatory requirements, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) driven Chemical Hygiene Plan Program and the Hazard Communication Program, authorizations on the use of radioactive materials, registration of radiation producing machines, registration of non-ionizing sources such as lasers, magnets, and RF systems and a registration program for the use of biological agents and select agents.