Extension cords are safe for use, when used properly, and when listed/approved by Underwriters Laboratories (look for the “UL” mark) or Intertek logo (“ETL”). Extension cords are intended for use on a temporary basis only, and are designed for use with computers, certain small laboratory equipment, home workshop tools and portable appliances. Electrical extension cords are to be directly connected to a permanently installed electrical outlet only, not through a power strip or other non-permanent receptacle, and they must be polarized or grounded.
The improper use of electrical extension cords has been cited by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) during weekly laboratory inspections. If you have been using extension cords in place of permanent wiring please contact EH&S for an assessment of your laboratory’s wiring set-up, or place a work order with Facilities to install additional outlets in your laboratory or office area.
NOTE: Cords should not be used in a coiled position, as this can create a build-up of heat and can lead to a fire.
The most successful and sustainable programs make operational, financial and environmental sense. This is why the University’s solvent recycling initiative continues to thrive almost 15 years after its inception in the Departments of Pathology and Dermatopathology. With the subsequent establishment of solvent recycling at the Morningside campus in 2008, the University continues to recycle and reuse thousands of gallons of waste xylene, ethanol and acetone annually, which diverts these wastes from incineration, saves money on purchase and disposal, and improves operational efficiency. Many solvents can be recycled multiple times, saving valuable research funds and maximizing environmental gains.
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