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EHRS e-newsletter: EHRS recently published an electronic newsletter regarding laboratory health and safety issues such as shipping hazardous materials, biosafety cabinet recalls, ergonomic information and more. November’s issue of the EHRS e-newsletter is available at: www.ehrs.upenn.edu/news/ehrs_news.htm.

Ergonomics @ Penn: A recently revised Ergonomics @ Penn web page was designed to provide the Penn community with tools to evaluate their workstations or jobs in order to make changes that will help prevent an injury from occurring. The web page includes information about common repetitive stress injuries and their causes, examples of stretches that can be done at work and information specific to computer, laboratory and manual handling tasks. The web page also includes guidelines for selecting new computer furniture and accessories, and provides adjustment instructions for common chairs and keyboard trays found on campus.  Ergonomics @ Penn can be found at www.ehrs.upenn.edu/programs/occupat/ergo/.

Lab Safety Alert—UV Exposure from Transilluminators:A recent article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) provides further evidence that many lab workers are overexposed to ultraviolet light in less than 35 seconds during the routine use of transilluminators. Proper protective equipment such as gloves, face shields, safety glasses and lab coats must be worn when working with transilluminators. See EHRS’s Ultraviolet Radiation Laboratory Safety Fact Sheet  for more information on how to work safely with devices that produce UV radiation. The October 2005 JOEH article, “Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure from UV-Transilluminators,” is available in the Biomedical Library.

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 14, December 6, 2005

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December 6, 2005
Volume 52 Number 14
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