EH&RS/EH&S has a long history of taking a proactive approach in a demanding regulatory environment. This philosophy led to an invitation extended to the FDNY Deputy Chief Inspector to speak with Faculty and staff at the Morningside Campus. In an open and frank discussion, he clarified the FDNY’s application of certain regulations that have been vexing researchers. Of particular interest was the question: “Can I store a single milliliter of a flammable liquid, e.g. as part of a test kit, in a freezer not designed and designated for flammable material storage?”
The Deputy Chief responded that the regulations prohibited the storage of “any amount of flammable materials” in regular refrigerators, and that there are “no exceptions for small volumes in reagent kits”. This rule clarification reinforces that “kits containing flammable materials” may not be stored in an ordinary refrigerator or freezer, and otherwise pose a risk of receiving an FDNY Violation Order or Notice of Violation (NOV). What’s in your freezer?
For more Lab Fire Safety Prevention tips, check out FDN(wh)Y Me @ http://www.ehrs.columbia.edu/FDNYMe.html
Customized Training Sessions
EH&RS/EH&S recently completed Department-specific training for the Biology and Biomedical Engineering Departments on the Morningside campus. The sessions were preceded by discussions with laboratory staff on their activities and safety concerns, enabling the presentations to be highly focussed on peoples’ actual activities, with a minimum of generic or off-topic material. Please contact us if there are any specific training or educational programs that we can provide for your laboratory or department