Employee Exposure Records
of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) monitors
employee exposure to toxic substances and harmful physical agents.
EHRS maintains employee exposure records. The Occupational Safety
& Health Administration (OSHA) standard, "Access to Employee
Exposure and Medical Records" (29CFR1910.1020) permits access
to employer-maintained exposure and medical records by employees
or their designated representative and by OSHA.
employees may obtain a copy of their exposure record by calling
EHRS at (215) 898-4453 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
of Pennsylvania's Hazard Communication Program consists of information
regarding access to Material Safety Data Sheets, proper labeling
of hazardous chemicals, and the hazard communication training
programs required for all employees who handle hazardous chemicals
as part of their work.
written Hazard Communication Program is available in the Office
of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety, 3160 Chestnut
Street Suite 400/6287. A library of material safety data sheets
(MSDSs) for hazardous chemicals used at the University is on file
at EHRS. An MSDS describes the physical and chemical properties
of a product, health hazards and routes of exposure, precautions
for safe handling and use, emergency procedures, reactivity data,
and control measures. Many MSDSs are also available on the web
Copies of MSDSs for products used in all non-research areas are
also maintained at each zone office.
workers should refer to Penn's Chemical Hygiene Plan (www.ehrs.upenn.edu/programs/labsafety/chp/intro.html)
for additional information concerning the safe handling of chemicals
employees may obtain an MSDS by calling EHRS at (215) 898-4453
or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
of mercury thermometers is one of the most common accidents in
research labs. Although mercury thermometers are not harmful when
used properly, they pose a threat to human health and the environment
of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) strongly
recommends the selection of less potentially hazardous alternatives
when purchasing new or replacement thermometers. For most lab
applications spirit filled thermometers offer the same temperature
measuring performance as mercury containing thermometers. There
are also other alternatives to consider when less or higher temperature
sensing accuracy is required.
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be read to more significant digits and is easier to read
will usually contain mercury if thermometer is broken
thermometers are available from the Chemistry Department Stockroom
and lab equipment suppliers such as Fisher Scientific.
last, EHRS is sponsoring a mercury thermometer exchange program.
The program is designed to collect and replace--for free--potentially
hazardous mercury thermometers with environmentally friendly ones.
EHRS can exchange Total Immersion thermometers
to 110° C and -20° to 150° C). Contact Bob Rovinsky
or call (215) 898-4453.
training programs are required by the Occupational Safety &
Health Administration (OSHA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC), and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP, for all employees
who work with hazardous substances including: chemicals, human
blood, blood products, fluids, human tissue and radioactive materials.
All training courses presented by the Office of Environmental
Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS). Attendance is required at
one or more session, depending upon the employee's potential exposures.
Check the EHRS website www.ehrs.upenn.edu
for additional information concerning course descriptions
to Laboratory Safety at Penn (Chemical Hygiene Training):
February 6, 9:30 a.m., BRBII/III, Auditorium.
to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens: February
7, 9:30 a.m., BRB II/III, Auditorium.
Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (In a clinical setting):
This program is available on-line at www.ehrs.upenn.edu.
Intended for employees with direct patient contact, or those who
handle clinical specimens, and administrators who routinely work
in a clinical environment.
Safety--Annual Update: February 20, 9:30 a.m., BRB II/III,
Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens--Annual Update: February 21,
9:30 a.m., BRB II/III, Auditorium.
Safety Training: training can be completed on the web-site
See on-line training, radiation safety programs.
have any questions, please call Kishana Carter at (215) 898-4453.