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1 Standard Operating Procedure for Laboratory Chemical Clean-outs

2 US&A (v. 09/2010) Introduction Chemical clean-outs are performed by Environmental Affairs when a professor or researcher leaves a laboratory. Clean-outs are dangerous and time consuming due to: –Unknown hazards –Unfamiliar conditions –Poor housekeeping –Limited time constraints

3 US&A (v. 09/2010) Introduction The goal of a chemical clean-out is to remove unwanted, old, and hazardous chemicals safely. In order to do this: 1.Give ample notice -Environmental Affairs needs at least 2 weeks notice in order to prepare a clean-out plan and survey the lab. -(Call x2883 or x4999, 2.Provide Environmental Affairs with an Inventory of the chemicals you want removed. -The inventory must have the full chemical name, quantity, and container size. A spread sheet is available at 3.Unknowns must be labeled. -Environmental Affairs will not accept any chemicals that are not labeled. 4.PI or researcher must be available. -Questions may arise during the pickup. The resident of the lab must be available to answer questions.

4 US&A (v. 09/2010) Priority Chemicals Some situations should not wait for a chemical clean-out to be addressedSome situations should not wait for a chemical clean-out to be addressed. -Reacted chemicals -Spilled chemicals -Unknown or Mislabeled chemicals -Gas Cylinders -Radioactive material

5 US&A (v. 09/2010) During Lab Clean-Outs Space will be limited, so working conditions will not be ideal. Environmental Affairs may need access to internet connections in order to look up Material Safety Data Sheets

6 US&A (v. 09/2010) Completion of a Clean-out Duration of a chemical clean-out is difficult to predict. Environmental Affairs will give constant up-dates to the lab resident as to the status of the clean-out. If delays occur, Environmental Affairs will take necessary steps to ensure the clean-out is completed with as little inconvenience as possible.

7 US&A (v. 09/2010) Redistribution of Chemicals Chemical clean-outs are a rich source of chemicals for redistribution and reuse. Our redistribution list of current chemicals in stock can be ed to you upon request. Chemicals are redistributed on a first come, first serve basis.

8 US&A (v. 09/2010) Redistribution of Chemicals Photo and art chemicals lists are available on our web site. The laboratory chemical list is an in-house list only.

9 US&A (v. 09/2010) Additional Information Any questions or concerns about chemical clean-outs or the chemical redistribution list should be directed to Environmental Affairs at –x2883 or x4999 Thank you


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