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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How do I do dispose of and/or replace my sharps container?
  2. How do I do dispose of unclaimed biological material from freezers or refrigerators?
  3. How do I dispose of biohazardous waste?
  4. How do I get my biological safety cabinet certified?
  5. How do I select proper disinfectants and decontaminate and clean up spills?
  6. How do I receive a Certificate of Environmental Compliance for my DOD grant application?
  7. How do I find out what training is required and when it is offered?
  8. How do I document training?
  9. How do I do a risk assessment, assign a biological safety level, or write SOPs for biohazardous material?
  10. How do I find out about shipping and transporting requirements for biological materials, toxins, and dry ice?


  1. How do I get rid of my chemical waste?
  2. When will my waste be picked up?
  3. How do I get hazardous waste labels and forms?
  4. Do I need training? How do I get trained?

Controlled Substances

  1. Where do I get the controlled substances forms registering with the DEA and State Board of Pharmacy?
  2. Where do I find information on controlled substance training?
  3. Who do I report disposition record discrepancies?
  4. Where do I find slurry bottles?
  5. Where can I purchase a controlled substance lock box?
  6. I canít get into a controlled substance lock box. Who can help me?


  1. How do I process my ergonomic rebate?
  2. How do I schedule an ergonomic evaluation?
  3. Where is the ergonomic showroom and what are its hours?
  4. Are ergonomic evaluations free?
  5. I am worried about Electrical fields from my computer how can I have them checked.


  1. Does my department need Right to Know Training?
  2. How do I do a Hazard Assessment?
  3. How often must I do training?
  4. What does the ERTKA program intend to do and what my program need to included?
  5. What about keeping records?
  6. Can I just use a video off the web or buy a video for training?

In Door Air Temperature

  1. How do I arrange to have the air quality checked in my office?
  2. I smell vehicle exhaust/cigarette smoke in my office what do I do?
  3. Does the U of MN routinely clean ventilation ducts?

Radiation Protection

  1. Handle an incident involving radiation?

Respiratory Protection

  1. How do I know if I need to wear a respirator?
  2. Can I pick out any respirator?
  3. I heard you need to be fit tested for a respirator, is that true?
  4. What is a fit test?
  5. Do I have to have a fit test and medical evaluation for a dust mask?
  6. Where should I go for a respirator fit test and medical evaluation?
  7. How do I know if I need a respirator and if I am using the right kind of respirator?

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