I am new the the chemical hygiene officer job at a small college in TN. I recently rewrote our chemical hygiene plan, which was very outdated. Under our chemical hygiene plan, I am in charge of the waste and safety for engineering, nursing, chemistry, biology, our gross anatomy lab, art, physics, and physical plant. I think I'm starting to figure some things out, but I have some questions I was hoping you all could help with.
1) Our engineering department has a large number of lead-acid batteries. I am under the impression that they need to have an eyewash and a shower available for the labs in which they use these, as well as proper GHS/HMIS labels on the batteries themselves. Is this true or am I way off base?
2) Engineering also has a large number of wood glue, cutting oil, and WD-40 containers. Refrigerants and coolants are also out on the benches in these labs. Do these need GHS/HMIS labels or are they okay as is?
3) I know there's no formal CHO training, though I have taken the Lab Safety Institute's course. What other training would you suggest or know are required for handling hazardous waste, biohazard waste, and other CHO responsibilities at academic institutions? (If this is a dumb question, please give me some grace - I'm new at this!)
Kristen Mudrack, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: (423) 461-8907
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