Laboratory Safety Manual

13 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety Receipt and Distribution Laboratory process planning must include the receipt and transportation of hazardous materials. Follow these guidelines when materials are received in the laboratory or are transported on campus. • Do not accept any chemical, biological, or radiological material in a damaged or improperly labeled container. • Obtain and review a SDS or equivalent (Merck Index, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories) for all chemical, biological, and radiological materials. • Use shock-resistant carriers when transporting materials by hand. • When transporting materials by cart, ensure the cart is stable enough to prevent tipping and provides containment of any potentially spilled materials. • When transporting materials on elevators, use freight-only elevators (where possible) to avoid potential exposure to passengers. Do not accompany a compressed gas cylinder on an elevator. Place the cylinder, secured to a cart, in the elevator. Attach a sign to the cylinder to let others know not to ride in the elevator with the cylinder. • Use an appropriate hand truck or cart to transport gas cylinders and Dewar flasks (do not drag or roll). Ensure the valve protection caps are in place, and handle only one container at a time. Personnel using and/or transporting compressed gas cylinders or dewars should complete Laboratory Safety: Compressed Gas Cylinders, through Learn@ISU. • Do not transport chemical, biological, or radiological materials in personal vehicles. • Use an Iowa State University (ISU) vehicle when transporting materials. Ensure secondary containment is used in case of a spill. If a spill occurs, immediately clean it up, if possible. Inform ISU Transportation Services at (515) 294-1882. • Adhere to permit conditions when transporting permitted, licensed, or registered materials.