The Chemical Hygiene Plan is available for download and review for laboratories and healthcare facilities at Saint Louis University. For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
Individuals should prepare for a safe laboratory experience by dressing appropriately for laboratory work. Appropriate clothing includes the following:
Every laboratory must have available, and workers must be trained in the use of, safety goggles, face masks, lab coats or aprons, gloves and reaction shields.
Goggles that completely enclose the area of the eyes are required, rather than spectacles, to avoid the possibility of splashes running down the forehead into the eyes. They must be worn at all times when anyone in the laboratory is working with chemicals, as well as when an experiment is running unattended in the laboratory. The choice of specific type of goggle is left to the individual, except that goggles chosen must conform to ANSI standards for splash and impact resistance.
Several spare pairs of goggles should be available for visitors, who are required to wear eye protection while in the laboratory.
Chemical fume hoods are tested twice per year by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to ensure they are working adequately.
If you think that your chemical fume hood is not working properly, request a fume hood test and we will perform an additional test.
If emergency contact or hazard information for your laboratory has changed, request to have your laboratory signage updated. If you have any questions or have technical issues submitting the form, contact Johnnie Stevens at email@example.com.
The Mercury Thermometer Trade-In Program was developed by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to help eliminate mercury and its associated health and environmental hazards. The EPA has made reducing mercury use a priority. The reduction in use of mercury is not only a U.S. priority, but is also an international priority.
An additional benefit to the reduction of mercury thermometers is the savings in cleanup and disposal of broken thermometers. The hazardous waste generated from a single broken mercury thermometer can cost in excess of $300 to properly dispose of.
You can trade any mercury thermometer 1:1 for a non-mercury thermometer. We will also accept any mercury thermometers that you want to give up without a replacement. Your department will not be billed for trading in or giving us mercury thermometers.
Non-mercury thermometers are typically available with a maximum of 260° C. If scientific procedures cannot be performed with non-mercury thermometers, Teflon-coated mercury thermometers should be used. The Teflon coating will help to reduce releases of mercury should a thermometer be broken.
Mercury from broken thermometers presents an unnecessary risk to faculty, staff, and students working in laboratories. Mercury is a neurotoxicant and when spilled from a broken thermometer, it offgasses mercury vapor.
Mercury also presents a hazard to the environment, if thermometers break while in a sink, the mercury could eventually end up in the sanitary sewer.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety operates a chemical redistribution program by storing surplus chemicals and providing them on a first come, first serve basis to research, teaching and clinical laboratories. Maintaining an inventory of surplus chemicals helps the University minimize the amount of chemical waste and reduces the cost of purchasing new chemicals. If you have unwanted, but still usable chemicals, clearly mark the chemical container with the word "Redistribution" and make a notation on the chemical transfer form.
A current listing of stock chemicals can be found on a Google Drive file titled "Office of Environmental Health and Safety - Chemical Inventory" If you need access to this document, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once provided access to the spreadsheet, you can submit requests for chemicals through the Chemical Requisition Form. The form will only be available if you are currently logged into your SLU Google account. Online chemical requests will only be accepted from Saint Louis University faculty and staff members. Chemical requests completed by students will not be accepted.