Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:59:10 -0500
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From: Lisa Van Loo <vanlool**At_Symbol_Here**ADVION.COM>
Subject: Re: OSHA Regulations, New York
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It might be cheaper, less time-consuming, and definitely much safer to
hire a hazardous waste company to lab pack this item and remove it from
your lab. They can do the identity testing. Less headache all around, I
should think. Rather than approach it from an adversarial bent, try
offering a workable solution, and stress the positives (fewer manhours
spent, removes a potential hazard, etc.) I bet exec. management would
buy into it if you approach it properly. 


Lisa Van Loo
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Advion BioSciences
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Ithaca, NY 14850
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] OSHA Regulations, New York

Hi Everyone,

Back to that unknown chemical that has been hauting me.  Well, I'm still
being pressured to continue the flash test with no protection.
I said no, someone used the word insubordination and today I offered to
cite osha regulations.  I would like to follow through with my threat.

Anyone know the OSHA regulation that covers working with unknown
hazardous materials (corrosives with toxic effects on inhalation)
without proper ppe?  As I explained, to them, its a light molecule and
anything short of SCBA will be insufficient respirtory protection.

I would like to make it very clear that I am not going to get
injured/die for an analytical test that could be done much safer in a
properly equipped facility.   Nor do I want to hear about it anymore
and I won't allow one of my technicians to test it just because they
don't have the chemical background to understand the dangers..

Next step will be a call to OSHA if they don't get the hint.

Thanks in advance.

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