Welcome to the wonderful world of environmental health and safety. We1re
glad you1re here.
To answer your questions, yes on the first two - proper labeling for all,
and a safety shower/eyewash for the work with lead-acid batteries. You
should also have an eyewash available for the labs you mentioned in your
second question, even just faucet-mounted ones. That1s best practice.
As for training, Denise was on point with her suggestions. Do you know
your RCRA generator status? RCRA training is a good idea and may be
required. If you are responsible for cleaning up chemical spills, OSHA
HAZWOPER may be required, but is at least a good idea, at least the
ACS DCHAS holds a Chemical Hygiene Officer workshop at just about every
national meeting. The course is especially helpful if you are considering
the Chemical Hygiene Officer certification. See
http://nrcc6.org/certifications/chemical-hygiene-officer/ if you would
like more information about that.
You1ve found the right people for advice along the way. I also recommend
considering an institutional membership to CSHEMA (Campus Safety Health
and Environmental Management Association). They have a community of
practice for small colleges. You can find more information at
Feel free to contact me or my staff if you would like to talk about any of
the challenges that are sure to pop up.
Robin M. Izzo
Environmental Health and Safety
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of Mudrack, Kristen"
>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I recently rewrote our chemical hygiene plan, which was very outdated.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
>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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