Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 07:23:33 -0400
Reply-To: "Kohler, Christopher E" <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**INDIANA.EDU>
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: "Kohler, Christopher E" <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**INDIANA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Spill kit portable vs. fixed
Comments: To: Kerry Smith

We provide a five gallon bucket with a labeled 1 gallon plastic jar of 1:1 sodium bicarb (food grade) and clay (kitty litter or oil-sorb) inside. It comes with an instruction booklet inside. Emergency instructions and phone numbers on the label outside. A plastic dust pan and whisk broom. (PPE is already present in the labs.) I instruct our researchers to use the spill absorbent on the spill then collect everything, broken glass and absorbents, paper towels, etc, with the dustpan and broom and place the waste into the 5 gallon bucket that the spill kit comes in. They label the bucket then we remove it as hazardous waste and give them a new spill kit. In general the system works really well. All the labs have spill kits, they are trained to use them in lab safety training, and it's not too expensive for us to put them together. The only disadvantage is that it's bulky and there seems to be a great temptation to remove the contents and use the bucket for other purposes. But we catch those during lab inspections. On the other hand the fact that it is bulky almost forces them to leave it out on the floor (rather than tucked into a drawer or cabinet) and is easily spotted in the event of a spill. Christopher E. Kohler, MS Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer Laboratory Safety Manager Indiana University Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management 2735 E. Tenth St., Room 160 Bloomington, IN 47408 "It's better to be safe 100 times than get killed once." -Mark Twain -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Kerry Smith Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 5:15 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] Spill kit portable vs. fixed We are discussing the advantages and disadvantages of centrally located, fixed (wall mounted) vs. portable spill kits for buildings with science labs. Spill kit contents for each type would be the same. Please respond if you have any assessments, experience, events or other ? Relating to this issue. Thanks for your time Kerry J. Smith, CIH Senior Industrial Hygienist BYU Risk Management & Safety Dept. T 801-422-2943 F 801-422-0711

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