When working with hazardous material in the laboratory, it can be easy to forget about the harm these materials can cause if they fall into the wrong hands. Here are some tips to keep your laboratory secure.
Ancillalry staff (housekeeping, maintenance, security, environmental services, facilities management, and emergency response personnel) should receive instruction before working in or visiting an area where entry is controlled because of the presence of radiation, such as research laboratories and patient care areas. Regulations require the extent of instruction be appropriate for the potential radiation safety issues in the area. Departments may request training on an "as needed" basis from Radiation Safety .
Radioactive Material Use Area Entry
All areas that are approved to contain Radioactive Material (RAM)...
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As a Medical Health Physics Technician, my main job includes coordinating the dosimetry program for all of The Ohio State University. I work with department badge coordinators to ensure that radiation workers are monitored for radiation exposure. My goal is to ensure that personal radiation exposure is “as low as reasonably achievable” and stays within allowable limits. Along with being Dosimetry Coordinator, my job duties also include assisting in approving radioactive material orders and delivering radioactive materials to laboratories, assisting in organizing...
Each year, EHS conducts a laboratory safety site visit of all campus research laboratories using hazardous chemicals and biological materials. The site visit focuses on appropriate facilities, protocols that minimize risks, and properly trained competent personnel. Achieving compliance is not a matter of chance but a matter of choice!
EHS would like to congratulate the following Principal Investigators and their laboratory staff for making the July - December 2020 Laboratory Safety Dean’s List, with no items of concern noted during the initial annual site visit. Thank you for your continued commitment to making Ohio State a safe...
A pair of FOD’s leaders were part of Ohio State's Women's Place Leadership Series . Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) senior director Tina Bogac recently completed the 12-month program designed to enhance leadership capacity and facilitate skills development to help staff become more effective, innovative and inclusive leaders. Aparna Dial, senior director, Sustainability and Strategic Services, Facility Operations, is part of the 2020-2021 cohort.
The list of staff who were selected through a competitive application for the 2020-21 cohort are excited to begin the next year of leadership training. It creates a pool of potential...
All fires are the same. Different types of fuels cause different types (or classes) of fire. Fire extinguishers commonly are used to extinguish flames, but not all fire extinguishers work on all classes of fire. Depending on the class of fire, certain fire extinguishers may have no effect on the flames or can actually make the fire worse. Make sure you know what type of fire extinguisher is available in your workplace and ensure it is compatible by referencing the label on the extinguisher.
Safety Brief - Compressed gas cylinders can be very dangerous if they are not handled or stored properly. If one falls over, it could be propelled at very high speeds and cause serious property damage or personal injury.
Proper Storage of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Always store compressed gas cylinders in a secure and upright position with caps over the valves.
All cylinders should be stored in well-ventilated areas.
Avoid storing cylinders in rooms that may obtain high temperatures.
All cylinders should be secured appropriately with chains to walls or other structures....
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Environmental Health and Safety is committed to supporting a safe and healthy campus. Wearing face masks is one more way to show you we care. We understand that it takes all of us. Browse our slideshow to read a selection of staff testimonials on why we're proud to wear our masks. You can join the conversation on Twitter ( @OhioStateAP ) or Instagram ( @OhioStateAP ).