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

Nicolas A. Valcik

February 15, 2013 by Routledge
Reference - 244 Pages - 38 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466509467 - CAT# K14726
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy


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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


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.

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