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The characterization, management storage and disposal of laboratory wastes (i.e., chemical waste including hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste, radioactive or mixed waste, biohazardous and medical waste, and universal waste) is regulated and requires strict compliance with regulatory obligations.
When ordering radioactive materials, purchase requisitions are to be sent directly to EHS, 1120 Estes Drive Extension, CB# 1650, for approval and forwarding to the Purchasing Department. In most instances, requisitions are forwarded within two hours after receipt by EHS. Failure to forward requisitions directly to EHS will result in their return without processing.
The purpose of this procedure is to prevent injuries resulting from failure to use practices and procedures necessary for the control of hazardous energy. This procedure establishes the minimum requirements for the lockout/tagout of energy sources in accordance with The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) OSHA Standard, 29 CFR 1910.147. It will ensure that machines and equipment are isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and are locked out or tagged out before work...
The goal of the Lockout Tagout Policy is to prevent injuries resulting from failure to use practices and procedures necessary for the control of hazardous energy. It will ensure that machines and equipment are isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and are locked out or tagged out before individuals perform any servicing or maintenance work. The Lockout Tagout Policy is administered by the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS).
A Hazards Management Plan (HMP) is a written safety and environmental plan for a work unit, which provides a framework for ensuring compliance with regulations pertaining to protection of personnel and the environment.
The provisions of the NC OSHA Hazard Communication Program were revised and became law in March 2012 to encompass global harmonization. The HAZCOM 2012 Standard requires employers to provide employees with information concerning the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. This standard requires a written hazard communication program, container labels, inventory of chemicals, area warning signs, safety data sheets, and chemical safety training and information sessions.
This chapter supplements previous chapters by giving specific extra precautions, postings, training, and protective equipment necessary when working with reproductive hazards. These include chemical, biological, or radiological substances that can affect the developing fetus, or the reproductive health of the male or female parents. This chapter also outlines the UNC conceptus protection policy for laboratory workers who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy.
This document describes the procedures for proper installation and maintenance of UNC-Chapel Hill Cogeneration Facility Nuclear Coal Fuel Control Gauges.
Nuclear gauge design incorporates operator safety as a prime consideration. However, as with any device containing radioactive materials, some general precautions must be observed.
Bone densitometers will be surveyed by the Radiation Safety staff at each source loading to ensure that anticipated exposure rates are not exceeded. All individuals using the devices will be registered with EHS as Radiation Workers. A trial period of personnel radiation monitoring may be put into effect.
X-Ray diffraction and spectrographic devices generate in-beam radiation dose rates of 30 to 7000 rads/sec. Severe tissue damage can be inflicted by very brief exposures to these high dose rates. Surgical treatment or amputation may be required when small body parts, such as fingers, receive greater than 1000 rads.
Projects involving administration of radionuclides to animals require information on specific arrangements for housing the animals during the project. Information required includes: The kind and number of animals to be used in the study (# per experiment + total # of experiments). The radionuclide to be administered per animal and how administered. The ultimate fate of the animal and suspected excretion rate of the radionuclide.
Experimental procedures involving radioactive and/or bio-hazardous materials frequently require the use of building vacuum systems or vacuum pumps. Such procedures can result in the accidental contamination of the vacuum system or laboratory pump with hazardous aerosols or fluids. The vacuum system or laboratory pump must be protected with a secondary reservoir and disposable filter assembly when this possibility for contamination exists.
Any shipment of radioactive materials from the University must be in full compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and/or North Carolina requirements. These regulations are constantly changing. EHS maintains current copies, and the staff is trained and knowledgeable in their applications.
Under the terms of the University's authorizations to use radiation sources, EHS is charged with maintaining portal-to- portal surveillance of all radiation sources on the campus. In order to facilitate this surveillance and to insure that a high awareness of the rules and regulations governing the safe use of radiation sources is maintained, it is required that certain records and reference materials be maintained.