From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Broken glass
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:50:13 -0400
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Our custodians stopped picking up broken glass boxes (purchased from lab supply companies) many years ago because they were almost always overfilled and heavy, contained contaminated glass and other nasty looking items. Stuff had a tendency to spill out when the boxes were carried and even breach the sidewalls. The research faculty resented that their grad students then had to take their own boxes out to the trash dumpsters. Our solution was to start using 5-gallon plastic pails. When the pail is full, the lid is sealed and the custodians can remove them without concern for their health and safety. The pails also have the advantage that they do not hold as much weight and have a handle attached for carrying. We are just transitioning to this practice and get a lot of our buckets from our dining services for free. I'm hoping this will work out better for everyone.


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM, Lisa Phillips <bognar.6**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Our building services personnel are beginning to have issues with the broken glass boxes that are used around campus, but specifically within labs. I have been asked to reach out and see how others are handling it. I have posed three questions. You can send your responses to me directly.

What type of containers do you use for broken glass?
Are there written procedures regarding weight, labeling and sealing?
Who picks up broken glass containers at your institution?

Thanks is advance.



Lisa Bognar Phillips, CHMM, CCHO

Laboratory Compliance Program Manager

University Biosafety Officer

University of Notre Dame

636 Grace Hall

Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Phone: 574-631-5037

Email: bognar.6**At_Symbol_Here**

Allen Niemi, PhD
Occupational Safety and Health Services
Room 322 Lakeshore Center
Michigan Technological University
Phone: 906-487-2118
Fax: 906-487-3048

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