From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question for Email List
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 09:33:17 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: CAAszpkyTxd204NZu=WBftdS+JYa7sUoMr80PnJs_yR=+zSXnnA**At_Symbol_Here**

HI Kristen,

The Amercian Biological Safety Association (ABSA) has a great listserv for biosafety issues (thinking about your gross anatomy lab which may fall under OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, perhaps you also have researchers working with rDNA, maybe some bio labs work with BSL-2 human pathogens like strep, UTI bacteria, or staph....) and you do NOT need to be a member to join it. I learned so much starting out from reading the posts relevant to what I handled at the start of my position here. They also have helpful courses via webinar and of course at various locations. (I handle biosafety and radiation safety as well as chemical safety). Disclosure--I've been a member since ~2003...

I'm giving the link to the ABSA website below, as well as to the page with instructions on how to join the listserv

Biosafety listserv instructions (roughly about 1/3 of the way down, heading "A Biosafety Discussion List"

ABSA main page

Good luck!

On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 11:06 AM, Mudrack, Kristen <KEMudrack**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

I am new the the chemical hygiene officer job at a small college in TN. I recently rewrote our chemical hygiene plan, which was very outdated. Under our chemical hygiene plan, I am in charge of the waste and safety for engineering, nursing, chemistry, biology, our gross anatomy lab, art, physics, and physical plant. I think I'm starting to figure some things out, but I have some questions I was hoping you all could help with.

1) Our engineering department has a large number of lead-acid batteries. I am under the impression that they need to have an eyewash and a shower available for the labs in which they use these, as well as proper GHS/HMIS labels on the batteries themselves. Is this true or am I way off base?

2) Engineering also has a large number of wood glue, cutting oil, and WD-40 containers. Refrigerants and coolants are also out on the benches in these labs. Do these need GHS/HMIS labels or are they okay as is?

3) I know there's no formal CHO training, though I have taken the Lab Safety Institute's course. What other training would you suggest or know are required for handling hazardous waste, biohazard waste, and other CHO responsibilities at academic institutions? (If this is a dumb question, please give me some grace - I'm new at this!)



Kristen Mudrack, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: (423) 461-8907

For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here**
Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas

Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
413-585-3877 (p)

--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here** Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.