Hazardous Material Usage in Research
This has been noted to be a main concern in the recent EPA audit conducted by O'Brien and Gere. This has also caused a large removal expense to the college. In order to prevent this from reoccurring in the future, we ask you to adhere to the following policies:
- Every new faculty member and CLT must receive an orientation from the Health and Safety Officer prior to starting work in the labs. A green binder will be issued to keep this information.
- Designate a lab supervisor or other individual to handle chemicals and hazardous waste for each lab. These names should be given to the Purchasing and Receiving Officers as the only personnel authorized to receive chemicals for that room.
- Prior to placing chemical purchase orders, a York College web site must be searched for any available on-campus chemicals that you want to order. Contact the owner of the available chemical found to see if it is possible to share it. This will prevent the accumulation of materials that will have to be disposed of at great expense. Every purchase order must request an MSDS included for each chemical.
- If the search of the web site is not done and excess material is ordered then the lab that initiated the order must also contribute an equal amount of funding for the college to dispose of the waste it will produce later on.
- When new chemicals arrive, receiving must contact the designated persons for each lab and the designated person must do the following prior to the laboratory pickups:
- Unpack and label chemicals with group, room and date
- Record chemicals or compress gases to York College inventory hard copy
- Send a copy of packing list and two copies of MSDS to EHSO (a set of master MSDS is kept in the Security Office and another set in the with EHSO Office)
- Keep a set of MSDS and new inventory in home lab (to be kept in the red binder as a safety measure)
- Chemicals should be properly stored in their home labs, and the York College database must be updated (by calling EHSO at 2662) if they are to be permanently removed from the home lab.
- A departing faculty member, as part of the exiting procedure must file an inventory of all chemicals present in the laboratory with the EHSO. This inventory should be circulated among other faculty to determine the possible reuse or hazardous waste disposal.
- Implement a hazardous waste plan; set up satellite accumulation areas and log inspection records.
- Plan to reduce the amount of chemicals used for research. Strictly follow the maximum laboratory unit (Type 4) storage limits for each lab:
- Flammable liquid 15 gals
- Flammable solid 3 lbs
- Oxidizing materials 20 lbs
- Unstable reactive 2 lbs