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revised Jan. 2004

Program Goals: To protect you and those near to you by doing the right thing and complying with regulations.

  1. Hazard Communication at DTM
    1. Binder system
      Our Hazard Communication Binders are located near the Shop, Terry Stahl's office and the Cyclotron Building. The binders contain the following important information:
      1. Details of who is responsible for each material.
      2. List of on-site chemicals.
      3. Our active record of what we have and have had in the lab for the past 5 years.
      4. MSDS for each substance on campus.
      5. Who has been trained, when, and by whom.
    2. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
      1. The key information for you on what you will come in contact with in the lab or shop. An explanation of MSDS's can be downloaded from our website.
      2. If you consult the binder for a material and do not find a MSDS, let Steve Shirey or Tim Mock know. We will get it and put it in the binder.
      3. There is a computer-based MSDS library on CD-ROM installed on public workstations in the Research Building (1st and 2nd floor, central corridor), Cyclotron Building (2nd floor conference room), and Abelson Building (2nd floor library). Just click the shortcut marked "MSDS." Click here for the website.
    3. Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS)
      1. The most important part of the MSDS. Be familiar with it. This information will allow the choice of protective gear and handling procedures to keep you safe. Information on the HMIS can be downloaded from this website.
  2. Handling of chemicals and reagents at DTM
    1. Buying chemicals and passing along the MSDS to the binder system
      1. Procure the MSDS for everything and give to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    2. Storage of ‘fresh’ or ‘to-be-used’ chemicals
      1. Keep what you need or will need on hand.
      2. Store in compliance with HMIS instructions.
      3. There is no time limit for keeping these chemicals.
    3. Safe handling of chemicals in the work environment
      1. Follow or exceed HMIS guidelines. As mentioned above, these guidelines are on the NSDS for each chemical.
    4. Disposal and storage of spent chemicals
      1. Inorganic acid (such as HCl, HNO3, H2SO4, and HF) can go down sink only if it will be neutralized by an under sink tank with limestone and only if it does not contain any other toxic or hazardous substance. (Sinks with limestone located in the following rooms and labs in the following rooms or labs in the research building: G44, 109, 122, 123, 125, 132, 137, 140, 203, 207, 208, 217, 226, 227, 228, 232, 238, 244, 236a and 236b)
      2. No oil or organic solvents may go down the sink.
      3. Oils, organic solvents, and most other chemicals will need to be saved for commercial disposal by waste handler.
      4. Put these spent chemicals in a like container labeled clearly as waste, date the label, and store near similar fresh chemicals of the same type or HMIS code.
      5. Waste will be picked up in June and December. Notify This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of what you have to be picked up when they ask.
      6. If there are any questions, ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  3. Summary of YOUR responsibilities
    1. Be informed. Communicate what you are using.
    2. Use materials responsibly. Protect yourself and co-workers. Be safe.
    3. Dispose of materials properly and according to regulations.