This handout is part of a safety program developed to protect both contract workers and CSULB people.1 For your protection, every room in the CNSM has been checked for safety hazards, and labels indicating room access restrictions have been put on every room entry door. These "ROOM ACCESS" labels say how much safety training is required to enter the room when you are not "escorted" by people (students, professors etc.) who are familiar with the hazards in the room. Everyone is required to read and comply with the ROOM ACCESS LABELS each time unescorted entry into a science area is made.
This access training program was designed to give you the training you need to safely enter and/or work in nearly all unoccupied science areas. Managers, Supervisors and Contractors are responsible for communicating and enforcing these rules for their workers. Extra copies of this guide and Material Safety Data Sheets for science chemicals present in science areas can be provided by the CNSM Safety Office - (562) 985-5623.
There are three different ROOM ACCESS labels:
Anyone who has a key may enter these rooms unescorted. Everyone who enters still must follow the simple safety rules in "section III" of this handout. Some of these rooms may contain small amounts of hazardous materials.
Once you have understood and agreed to follow the safety rules in this handout, you may enter these rooms unescorted. Understanding the safety rules in this handout gives you the "special permission" you need to enter. People who enter these rooms when no science people are around need to be especially careful because of the chemicals and/or equipment in these locations. There may be especially dangerous and/or large amounts of chemicals. Potentially dangerous equipment may be running or could start automatically. You are allowed to physically escort untrained people (like subcontractors) or train them yourself using this handout.
You MAY NOT enter these rooms unless you are escorted by the person whose name is posted at the doorway or by a CSULB Safety person, or by the appropriate CNSM administrator. About 12 rooms are marked with these ORANGE/RED labels. Most of these rooms have items that make unescorted entry dangerous. Access to these rooms should be requested in advance to prevent delays in your work schedule.
EMERGENCY NOTE: Normally these rooms are safe enough for allow for immediate rescue removal of an injured person.
Always read signs placed on trash cans in rooms. Plastic and metal trash cans or baskets are sometimes used for special purposes. For example, some trash cans are used for the collection of broken glass. DON'T TOUCH containers used for the collection of radioactive waste (see labels below) or biohazardous "Medical Waste" (containers with RED bags and "biohazard" labels).
NEVER THROW BROKEN GLASS OR SHARP ITEMS IN THE REGULAR TRASH! You MAY throw them in the box used to collect broken lab glass, found in most labs. CUSTODIANS: If you see sharp things in the trash, do not touch, leave it there and notify your supervisor.
Do not touch areas marked "RADIOACTIVE". Here are several examples of radioactive materials labels:
"Caution - Radioactive Materials"
These labels usually have red letters on a yellow background. All rooms containing radioactive materials have been labeled "Caution - Radioactive Materials" and require access training for anyone who is unescorted. If you need to work on anything labeled RADIOACTIVE you must first call the Radiation Safety Office at x55623 to get their help.
Note the locations of eyewash/shower units as you enter the laboratories. Look at how they work. Once turned on, they must be turned-off by hand (turn-off is NOT automatic). Knowing how they work can prevent a flood if a falling object accidentally turns one on. DOWN = ON. UP = OFF.
Use this equipment yourself if you get chemicals on your body or in you eyes - either from accidents involving lab chemicals or from YOUR own service chemicals such as corrosive cleaners, strippers, solvents, battery acid, etc. To use the shower or eyewash, turn it on and flush the contaminated body part for 15 minutes. The floor will flood (most units have no drains) but do not worry about that. Your health is more important!
Note: These numbers are on-campus phone extensions. From regular phones, the complete phone number is (562) 98 plus the extension. Example: x54101 would be (562) 985-4101 from your cell phone.
PUBLIC SAFETY - 54101 (Dial 911 in emergencies)
CNSM Safety Office (J. de La Cuesta & C. Frost) 55623 Cells (714) 222-0963 & (562) 577-0504
|Assoc. Dean Slowinski||58064|
|Assoc. Dean Kelley||54294|
|CNSM Operations Officer Karteron||54265|
|Chemistry Lab Manager Kunishima||54954|
|Microbiology Staff Graham||54857|
|Geology Staff Pankratz||54928|
|Physics Issue Room||54853|
|EH&S George Alfaro||52378|
1 In conformity with CSULB's Cal/OSHA Injury, Illness and Prevention Plan