Chemicals Found Without Owners a Reminder of Requirements for Chemical Storage and Tracking
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Material Handling/Storage, Laboratory

Staff members recently found a few instances of chemicals improperly stored in labs in three buildings. Chemicals lacked adequate labeling or tracking; one of the chemicals was a highly flammable shock-sensitive peroxide former, requiring frequent testing and extra caution when handling. Lessons Learned: To work with chemicals safely, staff are required to maintain chemicals in storage systems appropriate for the respective hazards, with careful attention paid to labeling, segregation, and compatibility requirements. Follow manufacturer's storage recommendations for temperature, light, and atmosphere. Chemicals must be tracked in the Chemical Management System and periodic inspections are required for time-sensitive chemicals. Ask your Cognizant Space Manager, line manager, or Chemical Hygiene Officer for assistance with following chemical safety guidelines.

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