E. Hazardous Waste Regulations, NJDEP: Trenton, NJ (current edition)
A. PEOSH (FEDERAL OSHA) Laboratory Safety Standard - Chemical Hygiene Plan
- The University will comply with the Federal Laboratory Safety Standard 29 CFR 1910.1450, when adopted by PEOSHA.
- The appropriate colleges/schools have developed Chemical Hygiene Plans as a site-specific document. This requires all laboratory managers, directors, or those in direct control of a laboratory to develop the plan(s); not the Safety & EMS section.
- Laboratory Safety
The Safety Office will assist in developing such plans or provide input or review on those activities outside of the laboratory portion (e.g., emergency management, etc.).
B. Personal Protective Equipment
- Everyone in a laboratory will wear appropriate personal protective equipment as dictated by the type of hazard within the laboratory. The minimum equipment will consist of eye protection, lab coat or apron, and shoes, not sandals or open toe or topped footwear.
- Use of PPE is considered mandatory. Employees who fail to wear PPE or enforce this requirement may be subject to disciplinary action. Students who fail to wear PPE will be directed to leave the laboratory and may have appropriate academic sanctions initiated, or be referred to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action for violation of University policy.
C. Fume Hood and Emergency or Special Equipment Maintenance and Testing
- Fume hood-operating features and functions will be checked every time prior to the hood being operated. This is considered a mandatory safety rule and is the responsibility of the person using the hood and the immediate supervisor.
- Should a hood appear to be malfunctioning, it WILL NOT be used and the Facilities Department is to be telephoned for repair service. Any hood that is unserviceable must be tagged "Out of Service" and a warning sign placed on the door/sash.
- Periodic maintenance of fume hoods, including smoke tests and velocity tests will be conducted on a minimum of a quarterly basis, or in accordance with other appropriate standards to be approved by the using department, who must keep records of such tests available for inspection for the immediate past two years.
- Velocity will conform to manufacturer specifications, or if none are available, in accordance with GASS of 70-100 cfm measured at the face of the hood. All hood sashes will be marked in such a manner to indicate the point that optimum hood velocity is reached (e.g., 100 cfm).
- Emergency equipment such as safety showers and eye wash stations will be inspected daily, or prior to the start of each use of a laboratory.
- Testing of safety showers and eye wash stations will be done quarterly by plant maintenance; however, the using department must request such tests.
- First aid kits must be provided and kept supplied, in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications; by the department controlling, or using the laboratory.
- It will be the responsibility of the using department to see that equipment requiring special testing, inspection or maintenance is coordinated directly with the service provider at the intervals recommended or specified by the manufacturer in lieu of any other safety standard.
- The using department for inspection by the Safety & EMS section or regulatory agencies must keep all equipment maintenance and test records.
D. General Laboratory Safety Rules The following are considered basic laboratory safety rules. These may be expanded or modified. They will not be reduced:
- A basic Personal Protective Equipment ensemble will be worn at all times.
- Individuals will not work alone in a laboratory.
- No smoking, drinking, or eating is allowed in laboratories.
- A laboratory supervisor must conduct a safety orientation prior to the first laboratory class, or use of a piece of apparatus by a student.
- The individual in charge of each laboratory during a class must inspect and verify that all safety equipment is present and serviceable (or has no obvious defects) prior to the start of each class or work shift.
- Horseplay or other inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. Students will be referred to the Dean of Students and employees to their appropriate supervisor for disciplinary action.
E. NJ DEP RCRA Requirements
- Policies and procedures have been developed to comply with NJDEP, NJPEOSH, and Federal regulations governing safety, storage, and handling of hazardous materials and wastes (see Exhibit 15-1 ). Compliance with these policies and procedures is an individual responsibility.
- The Safety & EMS section will assist individuals in developing safe work practices in order to comply with the regulatory requirements; however, the Safety section is not responsible, except as an emergency response agency, for the conduct of any individual.
- Training in these policies and procedures is mandated by NJAC 7:26-1, et seq., Hazardous Waste Regulations.
- Anyone desiring additional information should contact the Safety Department.
F. Hazardous Materials Storage and Disposal
All hazardous materials will be stored and disposed of in a safe, legal, appropriate manner as outlined in appropriate regulatory codes (e.g., State fire codes, State DEP regulations), or in accordance with GASS (e.g., Prudent Practices for Chemicals in Laboratories).
A. Attachment 1, Hazardous Waste Program For Rowan University Laboratories