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Proper Storage, Use and Disposal of Hazardous Materials

105a. Proper Storage, Use and Disposal of Hazardous Materials


  • Individuals should be assigned responsibility for the proper storage, use and disposal of hazardous materials. (Storage should be in accordance with the “Laboratory Safety Manual”.)
  • Chemicals should be dated when received and opened. This will assist in using the oldest chemicals first.
  • Proper personal protective equipment should be donned before working with chemicals.
  • Chemicals be in their designated storage place when not being used - never stored on counter tops, desks or hoods.
  • A complete set of MSDS’s should be accessible at all times.
  • All chemicals should be properly labeled and remain labeled. Containers of hazardous materials should be kept closed when not in use.
  • Chemicals should be purchased in the smallest quantities necessary to complete the activities.
  • Chemicals should not be stored on shelves above eye level. Materials should not be stored closer than 18 inches to the sprinkler systems.
  • In general, storage areas should not be hot or humid.
  • Drains from storage areas should go to either a storage vessel or to the sanitary sewer, not the storm sewer.
  • Designate Satellite Accumulation Areas. Containers of hazardous waste should be stored in this area.