Inspections are conducted to assist responsible faculty and staff in identifying and correcting potential health and safety hazards and to identify unreasonable risks to laboratory personnel, students, and the campus community. Laboratories and other research areas are regulated by OSHA laboratory safety standards, OSHA general industry regulations, EPA and DEC hazardous waste regulations, DOH regulations, NFPA life and fire safety standards, and building codes. During inspections the focus is identifying and correcting regulatory compliance issues, safety concerns and any other issues that may affect safety and health along with granting activities. Research areas are strongly encouraged to conduct their own self-inspections before an inspection of their area and on a periodic basis. Self-inspections can be used to catch any potential concerns and as a training opportunity for research staff. Listed below is a self-inspection checklist and explanation key which identifies the same topic areas reviewed during an EHS inspection.