Lab Safety; Emergencies
Proposed New Lab Safety Policies - Please Comment
For a general overview of all hazardous waste disposal please visit the EH&S website. The EH&S program handles the safe management of biohazardous waste on campus, including sharps waste, pathology waste and chemotherapy waste. Generators of biohazardous waste must follow the procedures outlined in the "Guidelines for Managing and Disposing of Biohazardous Waste":
- Management of BSL 1 Recombinant DNA Waste
- Biohazardous Waste and Recombinant DNA Waste Management in Biosafety Level 2 and 3 Laboratories
- Sharps Handling and Disposal
- Safe and Effective Use of Autoclaves
Setting up an Account with EH&S
If your research group generates biohazardous or sharps waste and you do not have an existing billing relationship with EH&S, please follow the instructions at EH&S Recharge Services.
If needed, consult your department research administrator who may need to provide aditional approval. For assistance with setting up an EH&S recharge, contact Charisse Taylor at 642.6557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waste Disposal (Hazardous, Cultures, Electronic, etc.)
Hazardous Waste Disposal
Hazardous waste disposal is the responsibility of each lab within Koshland Hall and our affiliated research labs and institutions. The campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety handles all hazardous waste disposal. For a breakdown of Hazardous Material Management Programs please see ehs.berkeley.edu. Our in-house safety representative is Harvey Jackson of the College of Natural Resources Facilities team.
Disposal of Cultures for PMB (Koshland Hall)
Large volume cultures with high ammonia content that are mixed with bleach (for sterilization) can produce chloramine gas, a toxic substance that can cause headaches, respiratory problems, rashes, and other effects.
We have developed a departmental policy for the sterilization and disposal of cultures. The preferable method is to autoclave the culture and dispose without the use of bleach. Alternatively, bleach the culture in the fume hood by bringing the total volume up to 10% bleach. Do not use more than a 10% bleach total concentration. Let this sit on the fume hood for at least 30 minutes for cultures less than 1.0 L. For large volumes of 1.0 L or greater, it is recommended to leave the bleached cultures sit in the fume hood overnight before disposing of the culture down the drain.
After dumping the culture, be sure to rinse the drain with copious amounts of water.
Do not bleach AND autoclave. This is destroying the autoclaves. Choose one method or the other.
Battery, Electronic Waste, Fluorescent Light Disposal
Batteries, computer parts and fluorescent lights are hazardous waste and should not be put in the regular trash because they contain heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel. For instructions about how to dispose of these materials please visit ehs.berkeley.edu.
Local and Emergency Contacts
Harvey Jackson handles all questions about hazardous waste and disposal for the department, and serves as a link between labs and EH&S. He is available anytime to help with questions or procedures. Harvey may be contacted at email@example.com or 643-2606.
How to Call 911
- From a campus phone please call 911
- From a cell phone please call (510) 642-3333
Building Evacuation Procedure
In case of emergency (except earthquakes, see below) all personnel in Koshland Hall are directed to go to the lawn area between the Li Ka Shing building and Pat Brown's Grill. At this location roll will be taken to ensure everyone is present.
Earthquake Evacuation Procedure
In case of earthquake all personnel in Koshland Hall are directed to go to the lawn between Wellman Hall and VLSB north side of Strawberry Creek, after the shaking stops. At this location roll will be taken by building coordinators.
View the Koshland Hall Building Emergency Plan for more information.
Standard Safety Procedures
Video - Proper Use of a Fume Hood
Video - Cleaning Up a Small Mercury Spill
Video - Proper Hand Washing
Video - How to use the Online Hazardous Waste Program to create a waste label
Video - How to use the Online Hazardous Waste Program to request a waste pick up
Video - How to add waste to an already created label using the Online Hazardous Waste Program
Video - Using an Emergency Eyewash
Video - Gloves Gone Wild
To learn more about Health and Safety at the University, visit the Office of Environment, Health & Safety at www.ehs.berkeley.edu.
Standard Safety Procedures
Proper Hand Washing
How to use the Online Hazardous Waste Program to create a waste label
How to use the Online Hazardous Waste Program to request a waste pick up
How to add waste to an already created label using the Online Hazardous Waste Program
Using an Emergency Eyewash
Gloves Gone Wild
To learn more about Health and Safety at the University, visit the Office of Environment, Health & Safety at ehs.berkeley.edu.