Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS)
Programs and Policies
Biosafety Cabinet Certification Program
Recently Penn’s Purchasing Services, Facilities Services and EHRS negotiated a new contract with Micro-Clean, Inc. to conduct Penn’s biosafety cabinet certification and maintenance program. As of July 1, 2006, Penn will be using Micro-Clean, Inc. for all services related to biosafety cabinet certification decontamination and repair. EHRS will work with Micro-Clean to ensure that all biosafety cabinets on campus are certified annually and maintained in safe working condition. Micro-Clean will be retagging all biosafety cabinets with their contact number during July. If your cabinet is past due for its annual certification: contact EHRS at (215) 898-4453 or email@example.com. If your cabinet is out of order, or must be moved to a new location, contact the Micro-Clean customer service representative at (610) 867-5302 extension 225.
Fume Hood Inspection Program
As of July 1, 2006, EHRS will assume sole responsibility for the fume hood testing program. This will include testing fume hoods upon installation, after repairs, and an annual testing program. Fire & Emergency Services will no longer provide fume hood testing services.
Reminder: Proper Laboratory Attire
Lab workers must, at a minimum, wear lab coats and safety glasses in the laboratory. Shorts and sandals may not be worn into the lab even under a lab coat. Additional protective equipment may also be required. Please contact EHRS, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about appropriate personal protective equipment.
Policy on People Not Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania
Who Work in University Laboratories
During the summer many students and other people unaffiliated with Penn work in University laboratories. To provide for their safety and to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, the University has established the following guidelines:
1. All non-affiliated individuals who work in laboratories must attend mandatory training programs on laboratory safety offered by the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS). Check the EHRS website www.ehrs.upenn.edu/training/traindates.html for training schedules or contact EHRS to schedule a program for a particular group.
2. Individuals who work in laboratories must participate in officially sponsored University educational programs or activities. Such programs or activities must be approved by the Dean of the sponsoring School. The Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety should be consulted to review approved programs to ensure relevant safety issues have been addressed.
Please contact Lisa Krause, email email@example.com or call (215) 746-6549.
Almanac, Vol. 53, No. 1, July 11, 2006