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  • Does anyone work at an institution/department that includes safety performance criteria in their P&T process? If so, can you please share some details of the metrics that are used at your institution to measure a researcher's safety performance for ...

  • SOP requirements

    Hey all, What does your institution require for SOPs: Are they required to be uploaded to a central database that EHS can review Can they be stored in the lab (binder) or electronically via dropbox etc How do you ensure labs are maintaining ...

  • Lockout Tagout

    Looking for a professional who can assist with the review of a project that involves the potential for lockout taught requirements.  Would be helpful if the resource was familiar with vivarium equipment/operations as well. An assistance in locating such ...

  • Lockout Tagout

    Looking for a professional expert on this topic.  Would prefer they have experience with vivarium equipment. Any help if finding such a resource would be appreciated. ------------------------------ William Lorenzen Associate Director, Research Lab Support/RSO ...

  • Hi Susan, Due to some regulatory citations and a significant increase in waste volumes; OHSU has recently made several cases with senior leadership and space planning and has remodeled or built 4 waste rooms in the last 2 years. Below you will find my ...

  • RE: PFOA Help?

    Thanks, I will take a look. ------------------------------ Margaret Smallbrock Campus Environmental Health and Safety Manager South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City SD margaret.smallbrock@sdsmt.edu ------------------------------

  • RE: PFOA Help?

    Margaret, Michigan's Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), formally Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extensive literature on sampling. However, it almost exclusively focuses on limiting cross-contamination of samples due to the ...

  • PFOA Help?

    Greetings, I have a researcher who is in the process of securing funding to abate PFOA and its relative chemicals from contaminated ponds/soil on federal property. The concern of the researcher is how to collect the material to test for current baseline ...

  • Draft WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual Fourth Edition Removes "Biosafety Levels"  WHO Biosafety Manual Forward:  "Previous versions of the manual described the classification of biological agents and laboratories in terms of risk/hazard groups and ...

  • CSHEMA,  I feel as though this has been brought up before, but I could not find it on the discussion board.  What are your standard recommendations on a "space per researcher" basis for standard wet lab construction?  I have seen some universities referencing ...

  • We're in California and have the same requirements - two non-combustible restraints at 1/3 and 2/3 cylinder height is enforced by our local fire department. Our Facilities group supports installations. Sean Sean Collins Director, ...

  • Steve: At our campus (we are in San Diego County): 1. Require the use of two non combustible (typically chain) restraints.  One at 1/3 and one at 2/3 heights.  2. Our campus, as well as many of the other 22 CSU's in our state system, have not been able ...

  • We don't, but we are not in a seismically active area. Nor could I find a reference in (a very quick search) of NFPA55 "Compressed gases and cryogenic fluids code, 2016 Edition." It does address securing cylinders, but no mention of more than one strap. ...

  • Referring to gas cylinder storage, section 5.E.6 of Prudent Practices... states "Securely strap or chain gas cylinders to a wall or benchtop. In seismically active areas, use more than one strap or chain." Two questions for the group: 1) Do any of ...

  • Hello CSHEMA members, I am gathering information regarding space allocation for managing hazardous waste operations with the goal of making a case for space administration and senior leadership to explore and approve the allocation of one larger room/ ...

  • Joy's link didn't work for me..I'm assuming it was: Service dogs in the chemistry laboratory https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871553215000614?via%3Dihub You might also be interested in: When Should Service Dogs Be Admitted ...

  • Joseph, This subject is discussed regularly in this group and we have some guidelines and suggestions, but maybe not answers as solid as you would like. Some highlights: - ADA requires that service animals be allowed, but does ...

  • ​​I am seeking guidance on the possibility of allowing service animals in labs.  How has your university addressed this topic? ------------------------------ Joseph Davenport Safety and Chemical Hygiene Officer West Virginia State University Institute ...

  • Hello CSHEMA Members. Because of excessive cost UCF ​​EHS is looking for someone other than Shortridge to calibrate our ADM-860. The instrument still works well it's just out of calibration so can't be used to meet our regulatory requirements for chemical ...

  • Good morning CSHEMA Members! The University of Arizona is hiring a Research Health & Safety Manager, to work within our Research Laboratory & Safety Services department. Please see our website for more information, and let me know if you have any questions! ...

  • Call in today

    Lab Safety Aficionados! Please join us today at 3PM EasternTime for our call. Add your valuable voice to the discussion! Here is the link to call in:  https://iu.zoom.us/j/192261758 We will be discussing the following: 1) Plans and events regarding ...

  • Training Tools

    We are currently looking into training software, interactive games and tools for our safety trainings.  Does anyone have any recommendations or tools they have used in the past?  We've tried jeopardy and kahoot so far.  We appreciate any feedback and ...

  • Hi Margaret. With the potential of dust and debris getting in the eyes, my preference would be to have an eyewash immediately accessible. Michelle Adkins, CHMM Senior Director Environmental, Health and Safety Wake Forest University P.O. ...

  • I hate to be the bearer of bad news... but you'd better check for respirable crystalline silica in there.... ------------------------------ Julia Sager, CIH CSP Iowa State University Ames IA 515-294-4322 ------------------------------

  • Does anyone have a policy for the voluntary use of respirators that they would like to share? Thanks, ------------------------------ Matthew Pope, CSP Safety Coordinator Texas A&M University At Qatar +974 5597-7410 ------------------------------

  • Hi Margaret, Is the rock grinding operation 100% contained during its run time? Is PPE goggles (or dust type goggles) plus a face shield if not 100%? Even if it is 100%, collecting the dust, etc. could result in dust in the eye. Were it ...

  • COP monthly call

    Lab Safety Aficionados! Please plan on joining us for a group call next Tuesday June 25th at 3PM EasternTime. Please add your valuable voice to the discussion. The link to join the call can be found on the right hand side of our discussion board on the ...

  • Greetings, A question has come up in a lab space that may have mechanical hazards (grinding of rocks) but there is no use of chemicals in this space. Is an eyewash required for this space? Some help is greatly appreciated. Thanks, ------------------------------ ...

  • ​I'm hardly an expert in this field, but I'm midway through designing an internal policy and workflow for lab and space decommissioning.  Here are my thoughts. 1) your historical search is going to be a key part of identifying/eliminating potential hazards.  ...

  • If you can narrow the scope of plausible contamination, a lab decommissioning approach in a small college may be fairly straightforward.  If there was no activity involving regulated exotic radioisotopes, no scrubber, burn box or abandoned piping for ...

  • We have a 20 year old laboratory that was formerly used for biological research that needs to be decommissioned for general classroom use.  Can anyone recommend a vendor who specializes in this type of decontamination activities (ANSI/ASSE Z9.11-2016)?  ...

  • The University of Memphis has a position open for a laboratory safety specialist (see  https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/22264 ).  Benefits include 37.5 hour work week, 24 paid vacation days, free tuition, tuition discount for spouse and children, ...

  • Can you share which specific diazo compounds, and what your researchers will be doing with them? ------------------------------ Chris Kolodziej Chemical Hygiene Officer UCLA Environment, Health & Safety | Laboratory Safety Mobile: (310) 261-8611 --- ...

  • Hello, The Laboratory Safety Group within the University of Maryland's Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk   is hiring! We have   posting   for a Research Safety Specialist 1. Please forward to anyone who may be interesting. ...

  • So I have a new researcher coming to my department who uses diazo-containing compounds .  They are stabilized via conjugation, but it still makes my toes curl about these compounds.  So any guidance on developing safe handling, storing, and disposal practices ...

  • Thanks for reposting this announcement! One small edit to my original post:  The 2020 awards are presented in the Fall of 2020, not 2021.  Oops.  It's a good thing that I'm only a volunteer.  They can't fire me for the typos!  :P ------------------------------ ...

  • Please consider supporting the American Chemical Society's annual CHAS awards from the Division of Chemical Health & Safety: The American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Health and Safety is now seeking nominations for the division awards ...

  • I don't know how helpful, but using the search terms "formaldehyde fixative alternative" PubMed spit out: Glyoxal as an alternative fixative to formaldehyde in immunostaining and super-resolution microscopy https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29146773 ...

  • Joy, I'm most-familiar with glutaraldehyde, but there are many alternative fixatives. Their suitability will vary depending on the type of study to be performed on the specimens. Leica has some good resources here: Formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde ...

  • formaldehyde substitute

    Hi all,  I have a researcher that is interested in finding a substitute for formaldehyde fixation of zebra fish embryos. The desired fixative needs to fix the embryos and then have the excess washed away to allow for further study (rather than storage). ...

  • It isn't clear if we are talking about compressed argon or liquid argon. From Wikipedia: The expansion ratio of liquefied and cryogenic from the boiling point to ambient is: nitrogen 1 to 696. liquid helium 1 to 757. argon 1 to 847. ...

  • Joseph, Argon is an inert, simple asphyxiant. As such, it is much safer to use than many other gases. The main things I would consider are: 1) the amount and location of use given that a high enough concentration can displace oxygen and make a space ...

  • RE: Scrubs in ABSL-2

    Hi Dan We have an ABSL2 facility for mice and our researchers wear disposable gowns over their street clothes. Most of the work is done in a biosafety cabinet. Any work outside of the biosafety cabinet requires an N95 respirator. The animal model, the ...

  • Hi Matthew, We have a few processes in place: 1.  As part of risk assessments with lab managers/supervisors, we identify what types of activities can and cannot be conducted in each lab outside of 'regular' hours.  This all depends on hazards/risks ...

  • I am seeking guidance or procedures on Argon use and tank storage in laboratories Sent from Mail for Windows 10 To access the internet, click the "Log In" button.

  • Lab Access After Hours

    I am seeking some feedback regarding laboratory access control and notifications: 1. What type of policy and procedures do you have in place to manage access for researchers to labs after hours and on weekends? 2. How do researchers notify you of ...

  • RE: Scrubs in ABSL-2

    Good morning Dan,      What animal model are they working with? Its its small enough, they should be able to conduct their work in a BSC which would negate the concern over contamination of their legs/pants. If they are working with large animals at my ...

  • RE: Scrubs in ABSL-2

    We do not require scrubs in our ABSL2 labs- we do require lab coats. The decision as to whether to require scrubs depend on the level of hazard (in this case how transmissible) with the materials you are using. -- Randolph Shebby M.Ed. < rasf@lehigh.edu ...

  • I don't consider myself an Organic Chemist by any means, but having worked with chemicals and prepping labs for the better part of 30 years, my gut tells me it is likely a VERY BAD IDEA to heat a superacid and another strong acid to 92'C unless done by ...

  • Are you in the Boston area? Interested in sharing your expertise at a CSHEMA event? CSHEMA is accepting session submissions through June 7 for the Symposium on Current Trends in Lab Safety and Facilities Management! Consider the following questions/topic ...