An Empirical Assessment of High-Performing Medical Groups: by Stephen Shortell; Julie Schmittdiel; Margaret Wang; Rui Li;

By Stephen Shortell; Julie Schmittdiel; Margaret Wang; Rui Li; Robin Gillies

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By analyzing this documentation, it can be determined if the University’s current operations meet the minimum standards of other entities. The participant observer research method was utilized to gain insight on operational aspects for HAZMAT. By working with administrative units that exercised jurisdiction over HAZMAT policies and procedures at the University, additional data was obtained that would have been difficult to obtain independently. Furthermore, the participant observer method enabled the implementation of some of the recommendations proposed in this study that will improve safety and security at the university.

Other universities, such as Georgia Tech, are currently attempting to improve biohazard safety and security by using new tools and techniques that might also prove invaluable to the University. By implementing key improvements in safety and security, the 10 • Compliance for Public Research Organizations University might also find that it can more easily obtain research grant money and satisfy both state and federal safety requirements. To understand compliance issues, it is necessary to review the history and impact of selected federal agencies responsible for oversight of research universities’ research activities.

Congress is also considering a bill that will force public and private entities to tighten security (Hanson 2004). Beginning in the health regulatory sector and ballooning to other agencies, there has been a proliferation of regulations that require university compliance. In 2001 the Patriot Act was passed in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The Patriot Act requires that individuals who are considered “restricted” be denied access to select agents as listed (Youngers and Norris 2004).

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