- Chemicals received by persons
other than the end user may not be left in an unsecured (unlocked) area.
- Chemical receiving areas (for
chemicals not received directly by the end user) must have a receipt log that
indicates the name of chemicals received and also the name of the person who
the chemical is released to (a packing slip with printed name and signature
of assignee would suffice).
- A Biological Use Authorization (BUA) form must be submitted to EH&S (see instructions on the form) for all biological agents regardless of risk group classification. This process is required to assure that an appraisal has been made of the potential impacts associated with the intended use of a biological agent.
- Lab doors must be locked when
labs are unattended. Hazardous material storage areas must be locked when
- Visitors (those without key access) must be escorted at all times
- Access for student, visiting
scientists, etc is permitted only when regular employees are present (grad
students may be considered employees).
- Access for cleaning, maintenance
and repairs should be limited to hours when regular employees are present.
- Chemicals that are consumed
in process, disposed, or shipped should be removed from lab inventory logs
when not to be replenished. Particular attention to this inventory reconciliation
should be paid to select agents and other highly toxic materials (Appendix
B) for which individual containers should be accounted for.
- Certain highly toxic materials
should be stored in locked cabinets, freezers, or refrigerators. This applies
to sodium cyanide, potassium cyanide, arsenic compounds, select agents, and
other materials which may be readily recognizable as poisons..
- Emergency plans must be in
place. Plans for secured areas should include means for emergency responders
to gain access to the work area in the event of emergency. Tours of the work
area by emergency response organizations should be considered for high hazard
- Laboratories containing radioactive materials and the radioactive materials
stored within shall be secured as indicated in the Radiation
- Updated Chemical inventories
must be maintained in the laboratory and submitted to Environmental Health
and Safety on an annual basis with the safety plan. Particular care should
be taken to properly account for highly toxic materials (Appendix
- Environmental Health and
Safety (Mahdi_fahim@ncsu.edu) must be notified
when materials listed in Appendix C are obtained. After the initial notification has been made, repeat orders
of the same material do not require notification.
- Supervisors are aware of
applicable medical surveillance requirements http://www.ncsu.edu/ehs/www99/right/handsMan/worker/med.html
- All persons who will be using
chemicals must have attended Hazard Communication or New Employee Orientation
training provided at the Environmental Health and Safety Center.
- The PI must assure that
all persons using chemicals have received specific training from their supervisor
for these chemicals and have been trained according to the laboratory safety
- Applicable hazard reviews
must be conducted to assure the safety of hazardous operations. http://www.ncsu.edu/ehs/www99/right/handsMan/worker/hazrev.html
- Assure proper packaging and
labeling when shipping materials. For shipping guidance contact Todd Becker