The transportation of hazardous chemicals in buildings provides the greatest potential for chemical exposure to the building occupants. Spills occurring outside laboratories, storerooms, shop areas and mechanical rooms may lead to hazardous concentrations of vapors and gases being distributed throughout the building.

1. General

Chemicals, substances and research materials must be clearly labeled with the correct full chemical name and applicable hazards when transported. Hand-written labels are acceptable if they have required information; no abbreviations or structural formulas are allowed. (Except for small quantities of compounds synthesized in the laboratory.

Individuals transporting chemicals and waste must be familiar with the material's hazards and know what to do in the event of a release or spill.

Personnel transporting chemicals must wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) consistent with the chemicals being transported. At a minimum, this includes proper hand protection (e.g., chemical resistant gloves), safety glasses, close-toed shoes, long pants/covered legs, and a lab coat/cover-alls.

Before moving containers, check and tighten caps, and check for leakage. Leaking containers must not be transported.

2. The following guidelines should be observed when transporting chemicals outside the laboratory or work area:

Whenever chemicals are transported outside the laboratory or work area, the container should be placed in a secondary, non-breakable container. (Container-within-a-container concept to shield them from shock during any sudden change or movement.)

Chemicals must be transported in one of the following:

Wherever possible, flammable liquids should be transported in rugged pressure-resistant safety cans.

Hazardous chemicals/substances must be attended to at all times while being transported.

Incompatibles may not be transported in the same secondary container.

Never transport HAZARDOUS WASTE across Woodland Avenue. There are waste storage areas in both the Griffith Hall and STC Central Stockrooms.

Use an unoccupied elevator for moving hazardous substances between floors.

If a hazardous substance must be transported off-campus, contact EHRS for assistance with packaging the shipment properly. Regulations require proper training and certifications for those individuals packaging, labeling and shipping hazardous substances.

Rather than transporting hazardous materials across Woodland Avenue, larger quantities (4 liters or greater) and smaller quantities, whenever possible, should be ordered through the Griffith Hall/STC stockrooms and delivered to the building in the original shipping containers.

If transporting materials across Woodland Avenue, chemicals and hazardous substances must be sealed (tight screw-fitted caps), labeled, and placed upright in an un-breakable secondary container. (If it is difficult to label each small tube/vial, the outer container may be labeled.) The container must be packed with absorbent material so that the contents inside cannot move, or bang against each other, and so that the absorbent will absorb the contents if all were to leak.

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