Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:51:17 -0700
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From: Bruce Steele <bruce**At_Symbol_Here**OXY.EDU>
Subject: Re: transporting chemicals on the elevator
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I do not ride with chemicals transported on our chemistry or biology building elevators.  The 1960 elevator in the chem. bldg. has trapped riders once or twice in the last year.  I would not want to be in that situation with just passive ventilation through minimal slits in the car walls and have a carload of hazwaste or off-gassing cryogenic as a fellow passenger.  It is only a 3 story building w/basement and the elevator is really slow, so I can walk down the adjacent steps and make sure no riders attempt to enter the elevator, as it travels to the desired destination floor.  I teach this policy during training, but have not formalized it in the CHP Standard Operating Procedures or by posting signage.  Have to add that to my "to-do" list.
Thanks for asking the question.
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] transporting chemicals on the elevator

I was wondering if anyone is aware of any regulatory guidelines pertaining to the transport of chemicals on elevators.  Especially liquid nitrogen, high pressure gas cylinders and highly volatile solvents.

If there are not any regulatory drivers… any of you have policies in place to instruct proper transport?

We only have one elevator in our science building and people regularly transport their chemicals using the elevator.  We were wondering if we should require them to not ride with the chemicals.

I’d appreciate your thoughts.   This comes at a time where we are trying to justify the cost of including a freight elevator to the design of a new science building….or… renovation plans of our current building.



Jeff Gordon

Assistant Lab Manager / Chemical Hygiene Officer

Division of Natural Sciences

Indiana Wesleyan University

4201 S. Washington St.

Marion, IN 46953

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Phone:  765-677-1679

FAX:  765-677-2455

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