From: Jeffrey Lewin <jclewin**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Combating Food in student Research Laboratories
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:06:28 -0400
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In addition to the two you've identified, I would suggest emphasis on a third which is appropriate labeling. We clearly list on signage outside our labs no food or drink are allowed (we are a tobacco free campus so we don't list that anymore). We have an exception for a human physiology lab, were there are no hazardous chemicals, in which we allow human subjects to consume food or drinks as prescribed in the research protocols. Inside our labs we also label all refrigerators, microwaves, ice flakers, etc. with "no food storage" or "not for human consumption" or similar wording. Alternately, we do provide designated refrigerators and microwaves outside the lab for storing and preparing lunches. Finally we encourage, although it could probably use more enforcement, labeling food items used for lab experiments "not for human consumption."

I will reinforce the separate office areas...since moving to a new research building where everyone, especially graduate students, has designated office space outside the lab, it has been much easier to enforce rules prohibiting food and drink in the lab.


On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM, James Saccardo <James.Saccardo**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Thanks to all for your great responses my question.

It would seem that 1) a top down approach and 2) convenient, designated areas specifically set aside for eating, studying, and other social activities are key so that the laboratory area will NOT be used for these purposes are both keys to success.

James Saccardo, MS, CHMM

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Benjamin Franklin

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Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 4:00 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Combating Food in student Research Laboratories

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


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