Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 12:06:22 +1000
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From: Paul Dover <Paul.Dover**At_Symbol_Here**MONASH.EDU>
Subject: Re: transporting chemicals on the elevator
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We have a policy that anyone who wants to transport dangerous goods in our lifts….sorry ELEVATORS…have to contact security.

Security have keys that lock off the elevator so it cannot be called between floors. So if someone wants to transport a 30L (8 gallon) liquid nitrogen dewar from the ground floor to the 5th floor:

They contact security, meet them on the ground floor, security calls and isolates the lift, loads the dewar and sends the lift to the 5th floor (where it stays with doors closed), they go to the 5th floor, open the lift (by key)and remove dewar and put the lift back in service.

And the best part if you see people trying to push a dewar, or trolley of something nasty, without security on hand you know they are being non compliant.

Works a treat.

Cheers, Paul

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Paul Dover
Resources Manager
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Action
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash University (Parkville Campus)
381 Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria, 3052. Australia

Phone: +61 3 9903 9551
Fax:   +61 3 9903 9143

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Gordon, Jeff
Sent: Thursday, 2 September 2010 9:17 AM
To: Paul Dover
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

Email:  jeff.gordon**At_Symbol_Here**< span lang=EN-US>

Phone:  765-677-1679

FAX:  765-677-2455

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