The Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Department (EHRS) is responsible for ensuring the safe use of radioactive materials, radiation- producing equipment, chemicals and biological substances at the University, Hospital and affiliated institutions. EHRS is responsible for identifying safety problems; initiating, recommending, or providing corrective actions; verifying implementation of corrective actions; and ensuring compliance with regulations and University policies for the use of hazardous substances.
EHRS Blackboard Courses Temporarily Unavailable
Those who need to take Blackboard training classes, please be advised that they are temporarily unavailable. Computer Services is aware of the issue and is working to address it.
Working Alone in Laboratories Fact Sheet Available
EHRS has made available a fact sheet about Working Alone in Laboratories. The fact sheet can be viewed here. A PDF version that is suitable for printing out as a handout or posted in a lab can be found here.
New Eyewash, Drench Hose Check Sheets for 2016 Available
Security of Hazardous Materials Reminder
Environmental Health & Radiation Safety would like to remind all hazardous material users of the institutional policies and government regulations that cover hazardous materials/equipment areas:
- Areas must be secured from unauthorized access at all times.
- Individuals whose job does not require them to be present must be questioned as to why they have entered the area.
- All unauthorized individuals must be escorted at all times.
- Any missing hazardous materials must immediately be reported to EHRS and Campus Security.
Temple University has a new Visitor and Volunteer Policy that applies to all labs. If you are planning on having a visitor or volunteer enter your lab, even for a short period of time, you must follow the policy. This policy also pertains to minors who may be entering a lab.
New Chemical Redistribution List Available
EHRS maintains a Chemical Redistribution List. These are chemicals that have been picked up by EHRS and are still in usable condition. If a lab is interested in obtaining any of the chemicals on the list, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. In the e-mail include your name, the PI name (if different), the lab location, and a contact phone number. EHRS personnel will be in touch regarding delivery of the chemical.
The current Chemical Redistribution list can be found here.
Controlled Substances Used in Research Guide and Forms Now Available
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulates the use of controlled substances to prevent diversion and abuse. There are extensive registration, storage, security, use, disposal and inventorying requirements regarding the use of controlled substances in research.
EHRS now has a comprehensive guide and the required forms for any user of controlled substances in research available on our website. Please click here to access our Controlled Substances information page.
Information About the Globally Harmonized System
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule on the revised changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) on March 26, 2012. This revision will align the HCS with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) are:
- Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of mixtures.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class or category. Refer to section below for additional information on Labels.
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS - no longer called MSDS): The new format requires 16 specific sections, ensuring consistency in presentation of important product information. Refer to the OSHA quick card on SDS for additional information on SDS.
- Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format, in addition to current training requirements.
More information on the Globally Harmonized System can be found here.