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Lessons Learned: Hexamethyldisilazane Spill

July 29, 2020
Hexamethyldisilazane Spill Incident Description

EH&S' daily on-call safety specialist received a report that a bottle of hexamethyldisilazane had been dropped and that approximately 500 mL of liquid was on the floor of the lab (not inside a chemical fume hood). The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) lists the hazardous properties of this chemical as highly flammable, toxic in contact with skin, and harmful if inhaled.

Record Retention Guidance

July 29, 2020
In the event of a Cal/OSHA inspection resulting from a reportable injury, employee complaint, or industry sweep, the Cal/OSHA inspector will typically request up to three years of pertinent documents.

What records do you need to maintain? 

The University template Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and E-IIPP outline exactly what is required. See Section VIII, Recordkeeping and Documentation:

Hazardous Waste Pick-up

July 20, 2020
While the campus was in suspended operations, EH&S still had access to campus buildings and rooms and continued to provide waste disposal services.

Waste containers that could not be located for pick-up during suspended operations were left in the pick-up queue.

As personnel return to their labs, it will be important to log in to WASTe and review your inventory.

Before You Sign the Hepatitis B Declination

July 29, 2020
Before You Sign the Hepatitis B Declination

This course will help you understand the issues surrounding Hepatitis B infection in the research environment. Information presented is derived from CDC and NIOSH sources. Hepatitis B is one of the most frequently acquired Laboratory Acquired Infections and there is good evidence that it can be effectively prevented. This course addresses many misconceptions about Hepatitis B disease and immunization.