In response, FIU EH&S has prepared several communication strategies to reiterate the importance of lab access and security. You can find more information about lab security and access in the Policy #125.425 Security in Labs with Special Hazards.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure secure labs/hazardous materials storage areas:
- Keep the door closed (and locked) if you and your staff are not in the area - even if you are only stepping away for a few minutes
- Deactivate keycards and remove SMS access when they are lost/stolen, or when someone no longer works in the area
- Be familiar with everyone that has access to your area; All visitors must be escorted by lab staff
- Limit access to your lab area to when only you or your staff are present
- Establish procedures for reporting and removing unauthorized persons
- Designate a responsible person to control access to keys for common use hazardous materials storage areas (i.e. chemical storage rooms)
As part of the EH&S "Create a Culture of Safety" initiative, EH&S will continue to identify and monitor unsecured labs/hazardous materials storage areas, and work with the FIU research and academic lab community to address lab security/access concerns.