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Hazardous Materials Compliance for Public Research Organizations

A Case Study, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Nicolas A. Valcik


244 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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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


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


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


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



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

About the Originator

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety