From: Dan Kuespert <dkuespert**At_Symbol_Here**JHU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Combating Food in student Research Laboratories
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 14:38:05 +0000
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
In a chemical, biological, or mechanical lab, I typically take a picture of it (or them) and forward it to the PI along with a note that essentially says "Ick!" If there's nobody there and it's a disposable bottle, I trash it—we've already got a policy, so I quietly enforce it.
In radiological laboratories here, it's not a problem. We have a (strictly enforced) policy that ANY radiation violation (even "coffee cup in the trash") results in a $2,000 fine to the PI. As you can imagine, radiation violation rate is now zero.
The best way to deal with it is to provide designated spaces outside the lab door for students to leave their coffee/soda/whatever. I notice very few problems in those areas.
Dr. Daniel R. Kuespert
Homewood Laboratory Safety Advocate
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences/Whiting School of Engineering
The Johns Hopkins University
103G Shaffer Hall
3400 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
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
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