From: "LaCroix, Steve (DOH)" <Steve.LaCroix**At_Symbol_Here**DOH.WA.GOV>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Food in a former lab space
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:39:27 +0000
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                When you move a lab or area you should do some documentation to show that it is left in safe condition, .i.e. safe regarding biological / chemical / radiological hazards. An example comes up to exemplify this point. We had moved a laboratory  out of an old Quonset hut and it was slated to be eventually demolished.  The lab folks  did no cleaning or taking down signs when they left.  Well the other folks we share the campus with thought it would be good area for a break room so they started using it……..when they went in they said, Is this place safe!!??  So they called in our equivalent of OSHA, we had to hire contractors (~15,000) to show that it was clean and safe…. Some simple cleaning would have been all that was needed.




-develop a room / area clearance, decontamination form much like you have for a piece of equipment.  Use when an area is being cleaned out / remodeled where one work function is changing to another. We used this when we remodeled areas and other functions moved in.




Steve LaCroix MS, CBSP

Quality Assurance and Safety Officer

Department of Health

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Daniel Crowl
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Food in a former lab space


If the space looks like a laboratory, even without the chemicals, I would say no to any food usage.  Other people might not be aware that the chemicals have been removed and think it is ok for them in other labs. 


Dan Crowl

Michigan Tech


On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:07 AM, Kristi Ohr <kohr**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Would any of you or your organizations permit food in a laboratory space that does not currently house chemicals, nor have current work going on with chemicals?  Specifically, would you permit a class involving food preparation to occur in a lab space that the previous semester was used for a freshman level general chemistry class, even if the area were "cleaned" and all chemicals removed?




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