Although EH&S does regular lab inspections, it is still required under California law that employers (PIs) do regular self-inspections. See Laboratory Self-Inspection Checklist.
Environmental Health & Safety routinely performs a variety of lab inspections, including targeted inspections for those labs which use Radiation and Biohazards.
However, EH&S attempts to visit every campus lab at least once a year. By a memo of understanding between UCSB and the County, EH&S has been allowed to perform these safety surveys on their behalf - with occasional oversight visits from the County. Without this agreement, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department would conduct routine inspections.
Given EH&Ss greater familiarity with, and sensitivity to, the nature of campus lab operations, this arrangement serves the campus much better. The purpose of the surveys is to assist PIs and workers in recognizing areas of their working environment where worker safety and regulatory compliance must be improved.
General descriptions of the issues we look at are on the Laboratory Self-Inspection Checklist. Written results of the surveys are provided to the faculty or staff supervisor and department administration.