Options for Recognizing Continuous Laboratory Improvement

Lindsey Kayman, Counsel in Occupational & Environmental Health, Inc.

Those interested in attending this roundtable were encouraged to first review the Concept Plan for a Sustainable Laboratory Performance Improvement Program.

This Morning Roundtable discussion builds on the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Symposium of the previous day. EH&S professionals have taken interest in the Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria (EPC) and with I2SL are promoting a variety of process changes and performance objectives that are essential to the design, engineering, and operation of sustainable laboratories. In this regard, the discussion is meant to further current planning for a comprehensive "laboratory performance improvement system" that replaces the EPC with a certification system that is relevant throughout the life of the facility. I2SL and the EH&S representatives recognize that laboratories are complex facilities that require constant vigilance if they are to be maintained as energy-efficient, environmentally sound, secure, and healthy work places.


Lindsey Kayman is a certified industrial hygienist who recently became a LEED AP® in Operations and Maintenance. She obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a master's in Environmental Health Sciences and Air Pollution Control from Harvard School of Public Health. Ms. Kayman has more than 20 years experience managing the environmental health and safety departments at Medical Schools and Hospitals, most recently the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is currently consulting in a number of areas, mainly with Counsel in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Ms. Kayman has been a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Health and Safety Committee for many years, and she developed and maintained their comprehensive website for eight years. Recently, she drafted her colleagues on that committee to review and comment on the Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria. In August, this lead to a contract with I2SL for her to come up with a structure for I2SL to offer an ongoing rating system and as well as a first draft of possible evaluation criteria for continual laboratory performance improvement. Ms. Kayman's talk at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference was about what she came up with for evaluation criteria.