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Additional Employee Protection for Work w/Particularly Hazardous Substances

RSO's - note and delete: Like the Section Required Approvals , this Section also requires action. Again, the PIs in the department must consider the toxicity of the chemicals used and the hazards of each procedure, and decide whether the procedure requires the use of additional protective measures. Chemicals listed in Tables 1-5 could be considered for additional protective measures. The additional protective measures should be incorporated in the Standard Operating Procedure. Each PI should forward a list of these SOPs to the departmental Research Safety Officer for reference in this section of the LSP. If none of the SOPs require additional protective measures, the PI should note this fact and forward a brief explanation to the RSO. EHS staff is available to help PIs evaluate the need for additional protective measures.

Additional employee protection will be considered for work with particularly hazardous substances. These include select carcinogens, reproductive toxins and substances that have a high degree of acute toxicity (see Appendix B). Pp. 90-93 of the 1995 edition of Prudent Practices provides detailed recommendations for work with particularly hazardous substances. These pages may be accessed from DEHS's web site at www.dehs.umn.edu. Laboratory supervisors and principal investigators are responsible for assuring that laboratory procedures involving particularly hazardous chemicals have been evaluated for the level of employee protection required. Specific consideration will be given to the need for inclusion of the following provisions:

  1. Planning;
  2. Establishment of a designated area;
  3. Access control
  4. Special precautions such as:
    • use of containment devices such as fume hoods or glove boxes;
    • use of personal protective equipment;
    • isolation of contaminated equipment
    • practicing good laboratory hygiene;
    • prudent transportation of very toxic chemicals.
  5. Planning for accidents and spills; and
  6. Special storage and waste disposal practices.