For optimal safety in the laboratory the following equipment should be used at all times necessary. All equipment should be available throughout the laboratory.
All personal protective equipment is removed immediately upon leaving the work area (or as soon as possible) and placed in an appropriate laundry hamper and laundered on site.
All chemical hygiene-related equipment is monitored continuously and modified if inadequate.
The proper use of hoods is one of the best approaches to reducing exposure to chemicals in the laboratory. The fume hood is a type of local ventilation system. It is designed to capture vapors and gases in order to direct them away from the source and the person using the hood. The hood is designed to capture vapors and gases internally, within the booth and not at the face. In general the hood sash should be brought to the one-foot mark when chemicals are being used in the hood. All biohazard and fume hoods are inspected annually by the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Any hood not passing inspection is taken out of service immediately and not used until the hood has passed inspection. It is the responsibility of the employer to purchase the parts. Replacement of the unit must be done in a timely fashion, so as not to endanger the health and well being of an employee or to place the facility at risk.
Eyewash fountains are inspected annually and records maintained by the Engineering Department.
Safety showers are inspected, tested, and flushed annually and records maintained by the Engineering Department.
All chemical stockrooms/storerooms are adequate and well ventilated and located adjacent to the DocuSign Envelope ID A8901224-0E82-495A-A89C-A56FE8EB2688 CHP 12 of 25 (02/27/08) laboratory.
Cold rooms and warm rooms have provisions for rapid escape and also for escape in the event of electrical failure.
Air flow through the laboratory should be relatively uniform and be exhausted to the exterior of the building. Quality and quantity of ventilation are monitored periodically and records maintained by Environmental Health and Safety (646-NYP-SAFE).
Radioactive exposure is monitored on an individual basis. Each employee working with radioactive material wears a monitoring "tag". The monitor is submitted monthly and a report is issued. The result of the monitoring will be provided to the employee.
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