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ORS Annual Report 2016

This report highlights the work done by the Office for Research Safety (ORS) in calendar year 2016. Last year, we turned our attention from the removal of historical laboratory waste (The “Great Clean-up”) toward the future—measuring performance, simplifying compliance and setting flexible, higher standards for lab facilities.

While no small undertaking, the major effort to renew ORS from late 2012 through 2015 was essentially straightforward. What comes next for us is much more complex— replacing the existing research registration system (called NSIS) and codifying our business processes to ensure consistent outcomes. Additionally, we are committed to helping our colleagues in Facilities Management create higher, flexible standards for testing, certification and replacement of safety sensitive systems. Easily taken for granted, these lab systems must always work as designed—especially in an emergency.

It is truly a remarkable time to be supporting science at Northwestern. In several ORS programs, we have seen significant growth between 2015-2016.

Special recognition to those in ORS who go “above-and-beyond” in their service to Northwestern. Several in ORS are investing their personal time and energy to further their professional development through education, training, certification, scholarship and community service.

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Annual Report 2016


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