Have run into this a number of times in buildings without service elevators. In some instances, relegated transfer of any materials of potential concern, such as chemicals, higher risk biological and research animals to use of only one of the "public use" elevators, prominently marked for such transport use. This allowed other "public" passengers to avoid the use of that elevator if they had concerns. However, this also was accompanied by requirements on safely preparing such materials for transit from A to B, depending on the potential risks. In some instances, stockroom would not provide chemicals to individuals unless the individual provided proper carry case for larger size containers, etc.
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU]
On Behalf Of Jeffrey Lewin
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 11:57 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemicals and passenger elevators
I'm looking for others for guidance (preferably written) on how you handle moving chemicals in passenger elevators. Consider a building 7 story building (plus a basement and sub-basement) with three elevators, none of them with local control, with a chemical stores and other receiving takes place in the "basement" (the basement level has an outside entrance). Or, a research building that only has one passenger elevator that services a 9 story building with research labs on multiple floors.
In particular, I'm interested if you have written policies, and have successfully implemented them in busy buildings, on restrictions on what time of day to transport, maximum amounts you allow transported, and under what conditions you routinely exclude other passengers from the elevator.
Although I am most interested in chemicals carried by hand or on a (sturdy) cart, I would also be interested if you have specific policies on elevators and "bulk" chemicals on a large flatbed cart or pallet, cryogenic liquids, or gas cylinders.
Feel free to post them here or send them to me directly (I can summarize what I receive directly if there is interest).
Chemical Safety Officer
Compliance, Integrity, and Safety
Environmental Health and Safety
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931
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