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Spring 2011

Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication

Amy Kevin Mouser

Not familiar with the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (GHS)? You're certainly not alone! At a recent meeting of environmental and hazardous materials professionals, only two in a group of 25 individuals were even familiar with the system. It is something, however, that will increasingly become familiar to those who handle hazardous materials throughout the United States. Kevin Mouser provides more details on this new system at the link below.

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Labeling in the Laboratory

Winston Baity

All containers in the laboratory must be appropriately labeled with the name of the contents. The label must include the written name of the chemical. Abbreviations and chemical structures should not be substituted for the complete chemical name which can easily be found on the Material Safety Data Sheet. It is also good laboratory practice to write the date received and the date opened on all stock chemicals. Please click on Complete details below to read more of Winston Baity's discussion about labeling in the laboratory and as always please contact us at 274-2005 if you have any questions.

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No Gloves Outside the Laboratory

Derrick Stratton

We have noticed an increase in laboratory personnel in public halways with protective gloves on both hands. While glove use is essential inside the laboratory, they are not to be worn outside of the lab. All PPE should be left inside the lab when exiting, as described in the lab safety handbook. The only exception to this rule applies when transporting hazardous materials. Outside of the lab, one hand must be ungloved to open doors and push elevator buttons while the other gloved hand is used to hold the transportation device containing the hazardous material. Derrick Stratton provides more details below.

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Hazardous Chemical Spill Refresher

K. Lee Stone

The procedure for reporting chemical spills was taught in your Laboratory Safety Class and can be found in the Emergency Procedures Manual that is posted in every laboratory. With that said we still have personnel failing to follow our policy.  The greatest mistake laboratory personnel make is attempting to clean the spill up themselves.  Our office has a 24 hour on call hazmat team that is fully trained to clean up any spill you may have in your laboratory and it is FREE.  There is no reason to risk exposure by attempting to clean up a hazardous spill when our office will clean it up for you at no cost. Please click on the details below to read the refresher on hazardous chemical spills by Lee Stone.

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Laboratory Animal Allergens (LAA): Are you at risk?

Rebecca Bratt

Allergic reactions are among the most common conditions affecting the health of workers involved in the care and use of research animals. Between 11 and 44% of the individuals working with laboratory animals report work-related allergic symptoms. Of those who become symptomatic, 4 to 22% may eventually develop occupational asthma that can persist even after exposure ceases (Bush and Stave 2001). Sensitivity can occur in workers after many months of exposure or after many years of exposure, depending on individual susceptibility, and possibly affecting individuals differently. The best way to avoid developing animal related allergies is to know the risks and take preventative measures to reduce your exposures. Find out more Rebecca has to say about Laboratory Animal Allergans below.

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Limited Power of Attorney Established for Biological Shipments into Canada

Amy Kevin Mouser

Hazardous materials, including biological substances, being shipped into Canada must either:

• Be coordinated through a contractual customs broker or

• The entity completing the shipment must have an agreement in place establishing a limited power of attorney for the international shipping company used to facilitate the shipment.

While conducted as a pilot project for materials entering Canada through the Mirabel Customs Office, it appears possible that Canada Customs will implement the requirement nationwide in the future.

The University has established a Limited Power of Attorney (LPA) agreement with FedEx which will apply to all University shipments being sent into Canada being facilitated through FedEx. The LPA is institution wide and will cover any University entity completing a shipment on behalf of the University.

In Memoriam

Cynthia Kelley

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Cynthia Kelley.  Cynthia passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, March 21st. 

Cynthia joined the IUPUI community in 1987 as a Senior Laboratory Technician in the IU School of Medicine Pediatric Metabolism Laboratory at Riley Hospital.   In 1999, Cynthia joined the IUPUI School of Chemistry as a Senior Laboratory Technician.  Cynthia has served as the Department’s Safety Coordinator and served on the IUPUI Laboratory Safety Committee since 2006. 

Cynthia demonstrated only the strongest of commitments towards the principles of safety and environmental stewardship.  Her commitment to the safety of the students, faculty and staff of IUPUI and the Department of Chemistry was unwavering. 

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Cynthia’s family and our colleagues within the School of Science.  Cynthia’s endearing personality as well as her commitment and dedication will dearly be missed.    

“When someone dear to you becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure” ~ Author Unknown



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wb Amy Donofrio

Amy Donofrio is a Laboratory Safety Technician for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Please click on the link to find out more about Amy.

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I was recently contacted by Nicholas Harris who has several (27 to be exact) styrofoam shipment boxes and instead of discarding them he would like to recycle them. If your lab is in need of one or more FREE insulated boxes (as seen in the picture above) please send Nicholas an e-mail at:

Shipping Dangerous Goods Training for Clerical Staff

Does your clerical staff fill out airway bills on the behalf of your Departmentfor packages bearing the mark below? If so please click on the symbol for information on a training session being offered April 21st.


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