The Office of Research Safety conducts annual laboratory safety inspections, as required by numerous regulators, of each Principal Investigator in each department to verify that the PI and their staff are in compliance with various federal, state and UT Policies (1.e. OSHA, EPA, DOT, NRC, NIH, training and etc.).
The inspection has a grading scale that consists of major issues and minor issues. Once the inspection has been completed the scores are tallied. The PI with the highest score within each department receives a framed certificate that states they are the recipient of “The Most Outstanding Annual Laboratory Safety Inspection” in their department for the current year.
The presenting of the achievement certificate is a way of recognizing the hard work and dedication of the PI and their staff at maintaining a safe and compliant work environment, as well as some friendly competition between the PIs within each department.