From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Cal/OSHA Safety Sign-in Sheet Requirement
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:34:54 -0400
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Our campus building space is too valuable to use for bicycle storage. This is particularly true for labs. We do not allow them inside any building, which is not to say some people don't do it anyway. If they pose a safety hazard I have them removed. Some people are so discourteous as to lock their bikes to the handrail on the wheelchair ramps when there are bike racks just a few feet away!

My waste accumulation room is covered under a chemical security plan, which requires a security background check. Yours should too. 

We're a small campus but students ride bikes to class year-round (we get over 200 inches of snow each winter). They use bike locks if they are concerned about theft. 


On Jul 14, 2014, at 6:52 PM, Leslie Coop <lcoop**At_Symbol_Here**WILLAMETTE.EDU> wrote:

There is a room in an older science building that was originally designed for chemical storage; I am taking it over for our 180-day chemical waste accumulation area. Over the past few years it has been used for general storage (old chalkboards) and for faculty bike storage while they are on campus. The question is, can they continue to keep bikes in there along with the chemical waste.

I have said it's not a good idea due to security (number of people with access) and training issues, as Debbie mentioned. Two of the faculty in on the discussion are from the chemistry department, so feel they should continue to be able to access the space. One of them recently had his bicycle stolen from the hallway outside his office, so secure bike storage is really a hot button for him right now. There are two bike racks just outside the building, but during the school year these are usually quite full. Most of the faculty offices aren't large enough to keep a bike in while working, and if they are in the hallways the fire exits get blocked. This is an issue all over campus, I'm just making it more difficult by taking away the science faculty's locked room. They asked for input from my professional organization, so Thanks!


On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM, Debbie M. Decker <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Yeah - we=E2=80™re a big bike campus, too.  Working with the bike folks and the grounds folks, getting enough secure bike storage around the building helps a lot.


To questions like that, I usually respond, "Must we?" and then start to make sure what they want to do won't compromise compliance or fire code or exiting or potentially damage the bike.  I presume they want to store the bikes in the waste room because it's more secure than outdoors.  If something goes wrong in the waste room, would they really want their bike in there?  Can you maintain exiting?  Can your hazardous waste haulers access what they need to access without tripping over bicycles?  Are they properly trained to be in the waste room?  They=E2=80™ll need to have at least awareness level training for hazardous waste operations and that has to be refreshed annually.  You can make it painful and bureaucratic - that might work to discourage them.


Hope this helps =E2=80" just a few ideas off the top of my head.





Debbie M. Decker, CCHO

Safety Manager

Department of Chemistry

University of California, Davis

122 Chemistry

1 Shields Ave.

Davis, CA  95616





Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction

that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,

can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."





From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Leslie Coop

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Cal/OSHA Safety Sign-in Sheet Requirement


Faculty want to know: Is is okay to store bicycles in the same room as with chemical waste?


(They don't like my answer) 




Leslie Coop, MS, CCHO, CHMM

Chemical Hygiene Officer/ Stockroom Manager

Willamette University - 900 State Str - Salem, Oregon 97301

Leslie Coop, MS, CCHO, CHMM
Chemical Hygiene Officer/ Stockroom Manager
Willamette University - 900 State Str - Salem, Oregon 97301

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