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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.