Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 15:59:00 -0700
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From: "L. Scott Williams" <lscott**At_Symbol_Here**FRONTIERSCI.COM>
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Laura Damon wrote:
> Hi All,
> Is there a specific OSHA regulation that says that chemical storage 
> (stock) rooms must remain locked (inaccessible to students)?
> Thanks in advance for your replies.
> Laura Damon
> Flathead Valley Community College
Dear Laura,

I'm the safety manager for a chemical manufacturing company named 
Frontier Scientific.
We're located in Logan, Utah.
My degree is Occupational Safety and Health management.

Your university is under OSHA regulations. In fact your question falls 
under 29 CFR 1910.1450 ,
D. Components of a Chemical Hygiene Plan, Item 2. Chemical Procurement 
Distribution and Storage. (b)
Stockrooms and storerooms. This regulation does not specifically state 
that stock rooms are to be locked; however,
it does mention that chemicals should be separated by type and all 
stored chemicals should be checked periodically.
It does mention the following that might pertain: "Stockrooms/storerooms 
should not be used as preparation or packaging
areas, should be open during normal business hours, and should be 
controlled by one person."
I hope this helps.

Your state OSHA consultants can be reached at 406-444-6401. Your campus 
website lists Steve Larson as
your university safety committee chair. His number is: 406-756-3821.
I would get Steve involved. If an accident should happen, he would be 
involved in the reporting process.

Take Care. Good luck with this.


L. Scott Williams

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