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The Laboratory Section is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for its staff, those submitting samples to the laboratories and laboratory visitors. In the daily performance of duties in and with the Laboratory Section, it may be necessary to work with hazardous chemicals and equipment. This may include:
The Laboratory Section of DWQ fully intends to comply with 29 CFR 1910.1450, which is known as the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard and any amendments specific for the State of North Carolina. Every Laboratory Section employee has the responsibility to ensure the policies as set forth in this program are carried out. Those policies can be found in the laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plans.
Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plans (CHPs)
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for Chemical Preservatives
A material safety data sheet (MSDS) is a document containing information regarding the properties of a particular chemical or solution. An MSDS is created and periodically updated by the chemical manufacturer and is an important component of laboratory and field sampling safety. An MSDS is intended to provide employees and emergency personnel with procedures for handling and working with a chemical or solution in a safe manner. Each MSDS includes information such as hazards, protective equipment, first aid, toxicity, health effects, reactivity, storage, disposal, and spill handling procedures. The MSDS forms below are provided for laboratory and field staff, and should be consulted before working with any of these chemical preservatives.
Safety Committee Meeting Minutes
Members of the Laboratory Section Safety Committee are chosen on a volunteer basis only. Each laboratory group/unit will send a non-managerial staff member to the scheduled meetings. Meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month at 10:30 AM in the employee break room.
The duties of the Laboratory Safety Committee members are:
The minutes for the monthly safety committee meetings can be found in the table below.