Fisherbrand glass disposal boxes come in 3 sizes. We have purchased the short ones to try to limit the fill limit. But, it was just as effective to have our stockroom assistants check them once a week and pull if half full or more. They have the heavy duty plastic liners. They tie the liners, close the flap on top, and use packing tape to tape the lid to the container. We put them in the hallway and Housekeeping takes them away from there. It has been very effective since we have warned everyone not to fill more than half way. They did not like the shorter boxes.
Laboratory Supervisor/Adjunct Lecturer/Chem Club Co-Advisor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, MI 48502
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU]On Behalf Of Allen Niemi
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:50 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Broken glass
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**nd.edu> 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
Allen Niemi, PhD
Occupational Safety and Health Services
Room 322 Lakeshore Center
Michigan Technological University
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