Hazardous Materials Compliance for Public Research Organizations

Hazardous Materials Compliance for Public Research Organizations: A Case Study, Second Edition

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  • Presents a problem and solution oriented view of the tensions between researchers and administrators on the issue of HAZMAT compliance
  • Covers US legislation in the recent years of heightened terrorist awareness and shifts from recommendation to mandate
  • Supplies an analysis of possible compliance deficiencies through case study exercises that will help institutions better understand their own security and safety
  • Includes recommendations for best-practice compliance strategies that will help institutions avoid fines, restricted activities, liability issues, death and destruction
  • Discusses the history an evolution of HAZMAT regulations as well as frameworks for relevant organizational theory

Summary

Completely revised and updated, Hazardous Materials Compliance for Public Research Organizations: A Case Study, Second Edition presents a case study of one university’s policies and practices with regard to the procurement, use, storage and disposal of HAZMAT in the context of a changing internal structure and regulatory environment. The author’s presentation is no-holds-barred, using interviews, archival documentation, and unobtrusive observations as a participant where the research institution was at times noncompliant with the new federal guidelines.

See What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Incorporates issues with all types of hazardous materials instead of just focusing on biological HAZMAT
  • Updated information on current regulations on HAZMAT in relation to universities and research centers
  • Follow-up on the case study university, disclosing the university’s progress in resolving the security and safety shortcomings

By implementing key improvements in safety and security, the universities can also more easily obtain research grant money and satisfy both state and federal safety requirements. This book includes recommendations to improve safety while using and storing biotoxins, chemical, radioactive material, and industrial waste, and to improve overall security at the university. It also highlights improvements that can make the environment a safer and more secure location to perform biological research.

Table of Contents

Regulatory Change and Organizational Responses: A Case Study of the Procurement, Use, Storage, and Disposal of Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) in a University Environment
Introduction

Rise of Federal Agencies’ Influence over Research Institutions
Background of Federal Government Involvement with Research Universities
History of Federal Agencies
Major Federal Guidelines Applicable to Research Centers and Research Universities
Risk Assessment: HAZMAT at Research Centers and Higher Education Institutions

Organizational Framework: Organizational Drift, Life Cycle, and Agency Theory
Organizational Theory with Regard to Research Activities
Researching for Life Cycle Characteristics

Threat Matrix to Public Research Organizations
Safety and Security Issues for Research Organizations
Higher Education Threat Categories
On Which Categories to Focus and Why
Methodology
Introduction to Research Design
Data Collection
Evolution of Research Topic and Theory
Ethical Considerations in Research
Research Method: Interviews
Research Method: Unobtrusive Observations
Research Method: Archival Documentation
Research Method: Participant Observation
Ethical Dilemmas of Research

How HAZMAT Conditions in the Science Buildings Evolved
Historical Context
Research Think Tank
Evolution from Research Think Tank to Graduate University
Transition to an Undergraduate and Graduate University
University Adds Lower Division Undergraduates
Obtaining Background Information
Who Made Decisions with Regard to HAZMAT?
How the University Has Evolved Since the Early 1970s
How D1 Became a HAZMAT Issue
Organizational Responses to Known HAZMAT Issues

Security Survey on Campus
Security Survey
Methodology of Security Survey
Design Aspects of the Campus
General Observations
Skywalks
Utility Tunnels
Summary of Security Measures Currently in Place
Summary of Security Measures in Place but Not Used
Summary of Security Measures Not in Place

Existing Policies and Procedures
Gathering Data
Methodology for Obtaining Existing Policies and Procedures
Evolution of HAZMAT Policies: 2002–2005
Existing HAZMAT Security Policies

Practices and Procedures at Other Institutions
Research Centers and Higher Education Institutions’ Global Issues with HAZMAT
Federal Issues and Impacts with Research Centers
Best Practices at Benchmark Universities
General Characteristics of Institutions’ Environmental Health and Safety Offices
Best Practices at Highly Ranked Research Institutions
Summary of Applicable University HAZMAT Policies
Process of Mutual Accountability for Biosafety

Summary, Recommendations, and Concluding Remarks
Organizational Theory in the Context of the Research
Summary of the Research Methods
Summary of Research Issues and Findings
Concluding Observations
Recommendations

Epilogue
Appendix A: Representative Federal Statutes for Research Organizations with Regard to HAZMAT
Appendix B: Questions Asked of Faculty about the Evolution of the University
Appendix C: Interview Questions Asked of Staff Members on Current Hazmat Policies, Practices, and Procedures
Appendix D: Interview Questions Asked of Former Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety at University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center on HAZMAT Policies, Practices, and Procedures
Appendix E: Interview Questions to Faculty Senate and Safety Committee
Appendix F: Interview with Former Director at Research Think Tank
Appendix G: National Science Foundation Rankings



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