Pro-Chemical Segregation and Storage

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University of Louisville

OFFICIAL
UNIVERSITY
ADMINISTRATIVE
PROCEDURE

PROCEDURE NAME

Chemical Segregation and Storage

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 2016

PROCEDURE NUMBER

DEHS-Industrial Hygiene-2

PROCEDURE APPLICABILITY

This procedure applies to the University Community (administrators, faculty, staff, and students).

PROCEDURE STATEMENT

Researchers/Principal Investigators/Lab Personnel

  1. Date all chemicals on receipts and keep an up to date chemical inventory.  DEHS requires an updated hazardous chemical inventory from each PI annually. 
  2. Label all storage areas and cabinets to identify the hazardous nature of chemicals stored within.
  3. Ensure all chemicals are properly identified and labeled before they are stored.
  4. All secondary labels must include the chemical name, appropriate hazard warnings (e.g. flammable, corrosive, carcinogen, toxic, etc), date and the user’s name or initials.
  5. Store all chemicals in a cool and dry location with caps or lids tightly closed.
  6. No chemical residue should be on the outside of any containers.
  7. Chemical containers must not be stored on floors or stacked on top of each other.
  8. Store and arrange chemicals in compatible families rather than in alphabetical order.  Alphabetical order is acceptable within compatible storage families.
  9. Always purchase highly hazardous materials in the smallest quantities possible.  They must be stored in a designated and secured area 
  10. Do not store hazardous chemicals on bench tops.
  11. Ensure that all containers are not corroded, broken, rusted or leaking.
  12. Do not store chemicals, except for cleaners, under sinks. 
  13. Consult Industrial Hygiene’s Segregation & Storage Guidance (link provided under Related Information below) for specific recommendations according to chemical categories.
RESPONSIBILITIES

Department of Environmental Health & Safety (DEHS)

  1. Provide guidance/recommendations on chemical segregation and storage during site visits and inspections.
  2. Ensure that all chemical inventory reviews include chemical segregation and storage recommendations.
ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY

Senior Associate Vice President for Operations

RESPONSIBLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT/DIVISION

Environmental Health & Safety
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502-852-6670
dehsubm@louisville.edu 

HISTORY

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