From: Allen Niemi <anniemi**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Combating Food in student Research Laboratories
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 08:46:16 -0400
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I had a similar problem years ago when I first started in this position. Fortunately, I did not have to convince any of the faculty or administration that this was unacceptable (the problems with food and drink in a chemical/biological lab were noted long before I was born). I just began to reprimand students for doing this and notifying their advisers that I had done so. The culture caught on and I rarely find this going on anymore. A simple reprimand is all it takes, you should not need penalties. If your faculty is not on board, you may have to gather them up in a meeting with their dean and explain the problem.

Good Luck,

On Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM, James Saccardo <James.Saccardo**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Hello All,
I was wondering if anyone could share and methods they currently use of have used in the past to combat and discourage the storage and consumption of food and drink in the laboratory.
Has anyone come across the following in a laboratory: Microwave / water cooler / beverage refrigerator? How did you rectify the situation?
What is an appropriate penalty for anyone that "consumes food or beverages in any area exposed to a toxic material" (29 CFR 1910.141(g)(2)).
James Saccardo, MS, CHMM


Allen Niemi, PhD
Occupational Safety and Health Services
Room 322 Lakeshore Center
Michigan Technological University
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