From: ILPI Support <info**At_Symbol_Here**ilpi.com>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Combating Food in student Research Laboratories
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:41:25 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
I have never seen any of those devices in any academic laboratory anywhere. Rectification for such items starts with a polite but firm request for immediate removal to the PI. If the PI is recalcitrant, then what happens next depends on your Authority. If you have Authority, you order the lab shut down.. If you don't, you take a stroll over to your campus legal/insurance office and inform them that you have a willful violation of OSHA regulations occurring (and follow that up with a letter stating such).
As far as consumption of food/drink in the lab - yeah, seen lots of that. Coffee mugs on the drying rack and more. That starts with signage and education rather than penalties in most cases. If education fails AND you have Authority, then mandatory training and a weeklong ban on lab activity is a good start.
My company has created a number of very specific laboratory hygiene/instructional signs based on behaviors I've observed over the years and our customer requests (plus a couple from this list). See http://www.safetyemporium.com/ILPI_Site/WebPagesUS/lab/signs.htm
Suggestions for additional ones are welcome. For example, based on other comments in this thread, I wonder if anyone wants a door sticker that says "Food or drink in this area is subject to a $XXX fine and/or ban from the laboratory"
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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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