The acquisition, use and disposal of controlled substances are highly regulated by both the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (US DEA) to prevent their diversion. Among other things, the regulations detail requirements for licensure and registration; detailed recordkeeping; and secure storage of controlled substances. Columbia’s “Policy for Acquisition, Use and Disposal of Controlled Substances in Research” addresses these requirements for in vivo and in vitro research. The Policy, FAQs and other resources are available at http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/ControlledSubstances.html This policy does not apply to human subject research.
To purchase, synthesize or use controlled substances for non-human research, an individual must obtain a license from the NYS DOH and subsequently must register with the US DEA. Typically, the principal investigator (PI) of a laboratory using controlled substances for research obtains the license and registration, and may also authorize others within the laboratory to use controlled substances for research. The PI however, retains overall responsibility for meeting all regulatory requirements.
Did you change your batteries and test your smoke detector? Local FDNY Engine 67 was present on the CUMC campus on October 30 distributing 9 volt batteries and reminding people to change the batteries in their smoke detector when they turned back their clocks. REMEMBER, SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES!
Recently, Columbia Public Safety placed an emergency call after normal working hours to EH&S because the temperature alarm on a walk-in cold room was sounding. There was no name or contact number on the door of the cold room, so that Public Safety was not able to obtain information that would allow for an appropriate response. Fortunately, after an extensive search of University research documentation, EH&S was able to provide Public Safety with a contact number (from a research protocol). Public Safety was then able to contact the responsible party and the situation was addressed without research losses.
Equipment failures and accidents can occur any time of day or night. Information about hazardous materials and equipment in the laboratory is critical for enabling first responders to safely take appropriate actions. All doors to labs and environmental and equipment rooms must have an after-hours name and emergency contact number for the person(s) to be called in the event of a spill, equipment alarm or other incident.
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