Chemical Hygiene Nightmare
Fred Boyd, Ph.D.
fredboyd at bmec.micro.umn.edu
Tue Nov 30 17:49:23 EST 1993
Call for NetHelp!!
The University of Minnesota has just told all laboratories that we must
generate a "Chemical Hygiene Plan" lest we be in grave peril, i.e. we would
no longer be able to submit grant proposals. The minimal elements of this
plan include a chemical inventory, accompanying MSDSs (of course), and
Standard Operating Plans which include hazard notes for all our routine
procedures. If each investigator complied with these regulations countless
scientist-years would be spent figuring out whether to do phenol/chloroform
extractions in the fume hoods. It seems that a modular approach (standard
plans for molecular biology labs, histology labs, tissue culture labs,
etc.) would save tremendous duplication of effort. Sort of a Maniatis with
1) How are other institutions complying with these requirements?
2) Is there a modular collection of operating procedures which
incorporates hazard info? Is anything like this online?
3) How might such a modular project be coordinated over Internet? Anyone
want to do a great service to the research community?
Fred Boyd, Ph.D. Voice- 612-624-8150
Lab. Med. Path. Fax- 612-616-2444
Cell Biol. Neuro. Lab- 612-624-8154
Box 609, UMHC
University of Minnesota E-Mail fredboyd at bmec.micro.umn.edu
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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