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Environmental Health & Safety Office

Chemical Hygiene Plan Update

The annual review of the EHS-405 Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) was completed as required by the OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450); known as the Laboratory Standard. The CHP’s purpose is to provide a written program outlining policies, procedures, and responsibilities that protect employees from hazardous chemicals in their […]

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What’s the New Acronym ENPRC?

In a recent announcement, President Fenves communicated decisions of the names reviewed by the University Committee on Naming Honors. The University Committee on Naming Honors was tasked with examining new historic names and reviewing contested historic names that honor individuals at Emory. The Committee submitted their 2021 report to President Fenves last spring.  One of […]

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Chemical Fume Hood Best Practices

For proper airflow in your chemical fume hood, avoid obstructing the air intake at the back baffles and ensure the interior panels are intact. Items required to be left inside the hood should be placed on a shelf or platform to allow airflow around the object(s). Paper towels or wipes used to clean the hood’s […]

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Clear the Air – Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Poor ventilation, humidity, and moisture are some factors that can affect the quality of indoor air. Investigation and remediation of IAQ concerns is a joint effort between EHSO, Campus […]

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Chemical Safety Spotlight – Corrosives and Flammables

  CORROSIVES Corrosives can cause serious damage to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. Corrosives can also destroy or react with plastics, metals, and other materials they come into contact with such as clothing and work surfaces. This can include acids (e.g., acetic acid, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid), bases (e.g., sodium hydroxide, ammonium hydroxide), and […]

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Extension Cord and Power Strip Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that electrical power cords cause about 4,000 injuries and 3,300 residential fires each year. The most frequent causes of such fires are short circuits, overloading, damage and/or misuse of these power cords. Misused and damaged power cords have caused painful injuries, fires, equipment damage and regulatory citations […]

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Broken Glassware Boxes Available at the Chemistry Stockroom 

Broken glassware boxes are purchased from vendors via Emory Express or in person at the Chemistry Stockroom in Atwood Chemistry Center, Room 109 (Mon-Fri, 7:00am – 3:00pm). The Chemistry Stockroom carries both floor and benchtop model boxes for single item purchase. Purchases from the Chemistry Stockroom must be made in person, not through Emory Express, using a SpeedType (hospital […]

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How to Surplus Unwanted Research Laboratory Equipment

Non-functioning and/or surplus laboratory equipment that is no longer required for research can be removed from the lab and sent to Emory Surplus Services by contacting Emory Campus Services (CS) Work Management Center to request a pickup. Before items will be picked up by CS, they must be decontaminated, and a completed Equipment Hazard Tag […]

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Do You Have a Non-Emory Individual Participating in Research Laboratory Activities?

*Volunteers are not permitted in Emory research laboratories. EHSO’s former Volunteers and Minors Registration Forms are no longer accepted and have been removed from our website. New guidelines for volunteers in research laboratories were established in Fall 2021. Please review the following Requirements for Joining an Emory SOM Lab to determine whether you should complete […]

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First Aid in the Workplace

First aid is defined as the necessary and temporary assistance an injured person needs until professional medical care can be provided. Having the ability and knowledge to perform first aid in the workplace is important because a person can become sick or injured in any place and at any time. When this happens, it can […]

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