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 Roof Safety for Chemical Exposure 

 

SPOTLIGHT

  1. PURPOSE

    To protect personnel from exposure to hazardous materials when working on roofs of buildings with fume hoods or other potentially hazardous exhausts.

  2. OBJECTIVE

    To provide for the protection of Slippery Rock University employees from potential overexposure to harmful airborne chemicals and/or residues.

  3. POLICY

    This policy covers Slippery Rock University’s three (3) science buildings: Advanced Technology and Science Hall; Physical Therapy Building; and Vincent Science Hall.

    1. Advanced Technology and Science Hall – it has been pre-arranged that the fume hoods will not be in use from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon on the last two Fridays in the month.
      1. Assume that duct lining, fume hood lining and all internal exhaust components are potentially contaminated with chemical residues.
      2. If potential contamination is identified tradespersons should speak with laboratory personnel or contact EH&S for assistance.
      3. Tradespersons must note that all fume hoods have been posted with “Attention – Do Not Use This Hood” sign by laboratory personnel, the safety office or themselves. The sign should be posted in the lower, center area of the sash so that it is easily visible to lab occupants.
      4. When working on fume hoods maintenance personnel should wear nitrile gloves, dust mask and safety glasses at a minimum.  In some cases where repair work involves coming in contact with internal components of the hood, it may be necessary to wear splash proof goggles, respirator and/or chemical resistant coveralls (Tyvek type).
      5. Upon completion of maintenance activities contact the Chemistry Department (secretary).
      6. If there is a special need to service equipment beyond these time frames or if the instructor(s) needs to utilize the fume hood(s) during these listed times the Safety Office must be contacted for roof clearance.
      7. If unable to contact Bill Rudloff (2465) or Joel Brown (2466) at the Safety Office contact must be made with Tim Carney (2542) at Facilities & Planning and/or John Seiders (2499) or Sue Zirpoli (2716) at ATSH.
    2. Physical Therapy Building - it has been pre-arranged that the fume hoods will not be in use from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon every Friday.
      1.  Assume that duct lining, fume hood lining and all internal exhaust components are potentially contaminated with chemical residues.
      2. If potential contamination is identified tradespersons should speak with laboratory personnel or contact EH&S for assistance.
      3. Tradespersons must note that all fume hoods have been posted with “Attention – Do Not Use Thus Hood” sign by laboratory personnel, the safety office or themselves.  The sign should be posted in the lower, center area of the sash so that it is easily visible to lab occupants.
      4. When working on fume hoods maintenance personnel should wear nitrile gloves, dust mask and safety glasses at a minimum.  In some cases where repair work involves coming in contact with internal components of the hood, it may be necessary to wear splash proof goggles, respirator and/or chemical resistant coveralls (Tyvek type).
      5. Upon completion of maintenance activities contact the Physical Therapy (secretary).
      6. If there is a special need to service equipment beyond these time frames or if the instructor(s) needs to utilize the fume hood(s) during these listed times the Safety Office must be contacted for roof clearance.
      7. If unable to contact Bill Rudloff (2465) or Joel Brown (2466) at the Safety Office contact must be made with Tim Carney (2542) at Facilities & Planning and/or Tim Smith (2885) at PT Bldg.
    3. Vincent Science Hall - it has been pre-arranged that the fume hoods will not be in use from 8:00 am to 12:00 on the first two Friday’s in the month.  If there is a special need to service equipment beyond these time frames tradespersons will need to contact the safety office for roof clearance.
      1. Assume that duct lining, fume hood lining and all internal exhaust components are potentially contaminated with chemical residues.
      2. If potential contamination is identified tradespersons should speak with laboratory personnel or contact EH&S for assistance.
      3. Tradespersons must note that all fume hoods have been posted with “Attention – Do Not Use Thus Hood” sign by laboratory personnel, the safety office or themselves.  The sign should be posted in the lower, center area of the sash so that it is easily visible to lab occupants.
      4. When working on fume hoods maintenance personnel should wear nitrile gloves, dust mask and safety glasses at a minimum.  In some cases where repair work involves coming in contact with internal components of the hood, it may be necessary to wear splash proof goggles, respirator and/or chemical resistant coveralls (Tyvek type).
      5. Upon completion of maintenance activities contact the Biology Department (secretary).
      6. If there is a special need to service equipment beyond these time frames or if the instructor(s) needs to utilize the fume hood(s) during these listed times the Safety Office must be contacted for roof clearance.
      7. If unable to contact Bill Rudloff (2465) or Joel Brown (2466) at the Safety Office contact must be made with Tim Carney (2542) at Facilities & Planning and/or Susan Rehorek (2485) or Jerry Chmielewski (2489) at Vincent Science.

04/02/07

Paul M. Novak, M.P.H.

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Stores I Building – 145 Kiester Road

Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 724-738-2465

FAX: 724-738-4282

 

Joel T. Brown

Fire and Safety Manager

Stores I Building – 145 Kiester Road

Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 724-738-2466

FAX: 724-738-4282

 

 

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