Newsletter 2011

Vol. III, Issue 1; March 2011

Safe, Healthful Offices, Classrooms and Meeting Rooms at Tufts
A university is sometimes described as a think factory, a place where faculty, staff, students and visitors create, learn and exchange old and new ideas and information.

Laboratory Contamination and Infection of Laboratory Worker in Illinois With Cowpox Virus
In 2010 a student laboratory worker at the University of Illinois was infected with cowpox virus, a less virulent form of the smallpox virus. This is the first known case of infection in a laboratory worker in the United States according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta.

Reducing Mercury Use and Disposal at Tufts
The Tufts community is well aware that mercury as a metal and in chemical compounds is a poisonous heavy metal and its hazards need to be controlled and where feasible eliminated.

I Just Spilled Some Chemicals. Now What?
Anyone handling chemicals in a laboratory, shop, studio, clinic or food service knows that spills (solids, liquids) and releases (gases, vapors) can occur at any time. Hence, procedures should be in place and equipment and supplies available to clean up the spill or control the release.

Disposing of Regulated Infectious Medical Waste at Tufts
Are you a generator of medical and biological waste? Yes, if your work results in the need to dispose of…

Fire Prevention in Academic Offices
Fire Prevention pays the greatest dividends…the preservation of life and property.

Lab Fire Safety
With New Years well behind us, it is an ideal time to review lab fire safety. Not only is this important for the safety and well being of occupants, it is critical that we prepare for routine regulatory inspections performed by local fire departments.

Chemical Safety Plans and Registration Form
When do I need a safety plan and chemical registration form? What is a chemical safety plan?

Dry Ice Shipping
Dry ice is a dangerous good (DG) when used during shipping. The definition of a dangerous good in part: Articles/substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety or the environment.

Safety’s Roll in Construction Projects at Tufts University
Tufts Environmental Health and Safety (TEHS) takes an active role in many construction and deferred maintenance projects throughout the university. This role often consists of providing guidance on laboratory design in a science building, but may also include providing input on general safety items relevant to an administrative of dormitory building.


Vol. III, Issue 2; October 2011

Protecting the Public Health at Tufts
What is public health? Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease and injury through the organized efforts of society, the community and individuals.

Appropriate Use for Laser Pointers
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides guidance for the safe use of laser and laser systems as published in ANSI Z136 series. Growing concern about high powered laser pointers and the increased potential for injury from such devices have caused many laser safety professionals in the workplace to reexamine the associated risk of eye injury.

Tufts Furniture Fire Code Standards
In 2006 a collaborative effort was established to create a university Furniture Fire Code Standard that would comply with the Massachusetts Fire Prevention Regulations, 527 CMR 29:00, Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture. Tufts Finance and Purchasing and the Tufts Chief Fire Marshal along with several other key university contributors developed the Furniture Fire Code Standard.

Developing a Positive Safety Culture in the Laboratories of Tufts University: Aids and Obstacles
For the first time, the US Chemical Safety Board is investigating the causes and consequences of a serious laboratory accident. As part of this investigation, the Board is reviewing 120 university chemistry laboratory accidents that occurred between 2001 and 2010.

Ergonomics of Safe Lifting
The simple act of bending over to lift a 5 gallon water jug to place on a bubbler in your office can have far reaching issues that most people do not even stop to think about. Picking up that jug in the wrong way could lead to pain and discomfort that might last a few days or much longer.

Asbestos Management
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was commonly used throughout the 20th Century in building construction materials. Common asbestos containing materials (ACM) include, but are not limited to, insulation, shingles, floor tiles, and mastics.

Shipping Materials from Research Facilities Can Be Dangerous and Expensive
Tufts University does not operate a centralized shipping service on any of its campuses. Hence, each employee is responsible for packaging, shipping and documenting biological and hazardous materials shipments.

 

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