Newsletter 2013

Vol. V, Issue 1; March 2013

Machine and Shop Safety
Tufts University has a wide range of machine shops on all 3 campuses. These locations are used in a variety of ways. In Medford there is a scene shop used specifically to assist in productions put on by the Theater arts group.

Laboratory Electrical Safety
All of Tufts University’s laboratories have electrically powered equipment that is used routinely in day-to-day operations. Because of the frequent use, this equipment can pose a serious hazard if not properly maintained.

NIH expands recombinant DNA guidelines to include synthetic nucleic acid molecules
In 1974 Paul Berg performed the first experiments cleaving and ligating viral DNA; demonstrating the awesome power of genetic manipulation while raising serious safety concerns and necessitating national regulations and safety standards.

Between Piranha solution and Chromic acid solution-glass cleaning is a dangerous business
We all know how important it is to keep laboratory glassware clean and free from contamination. Nobody wants organic or chemical residue to ruin an experiment or potentially cause an injury.

Paws for Safety – Special Event
The “Paws for Safety” program was held in February intended as an outreach to the Tufts University student community with the goal of preventing injury and property damage from fire, smoke and water from sprinkler activation by raising awareness.

Moving Beyond Compliance: An Environment Management System at Tufts
The Environmental Management Program views environmental compliance at Tufts as a baseline that Tufts Environmental Policy builds upon to meet and exceed environmental standards. Developing and implementing an Environment Management System (EMS) is a goal for the Environmental Management Program in FY 2014.


Vol. V, Issue 2; October 2013

Chemical Waste Reference Guide
Chemicals are essential to many operations. The disposal of these chemicals is regulated by the EPA who implements the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act. Additional requirements are defined by MA DEP and University Policy. To simplify chemical disposal management, the Chemical Waste Reference Guide is a step-by-step guide that describes the procedures a generator should complete up until the waste is picked up for disposal.

Radiation Safety Data Sheet (Phosphorous – 32)
The Radiation Safety Data sheet is a quick reference for those that handle 32P. Additional information regarding the safe handling of radioactive materials is provided by contacting Radiation Safety at 617-636-3450.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Selection Guide
One size/type doesn’t fit all, when it comes to Personal Protection Equipment.

Selecting proper personal protective equipment for laboratory hazards can be difficult. Protective clothing; gloves, aprons, and lab coats, can be manufactured from a variety of materials. The most important point to remember is that no one material, protective clothing or equipment will protect the user from all laboratory hazards.

OSHA requires that a hazard assessment of the workplace be performed to determine the need for personal protective equipment, and employees receive training on the use and limitations of the PPE selected. This PPE selection guide should be used as a supplement to the “Certification of Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Evaluation” found in Tufts University Personal Protection Equipment Plan

Be Ready for a Fire in the Laboratory!
A sudden workplace fire brings danger and disruption to everyone in the building. We have provided an overview of laboratory fire safety and a reminder of the procedures associated with laboratory fires. Please use this information as a guide to maintaining a fire-safe lab environment.

 

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