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Light Sources Directorate Policies and Requirements Manual

Number: LS-ESH-PRM-2.1.2
Date: 09/10/07
Revision: 5
Prepared by: Robert Chmiel
Approved by: Andrew Ackerman (ESH/Q Manager)

Proper management of toxic and hazardous chemicals shall be implemented within the NSLS Department to ensure safe storage, usage and transfer to protect personnel from exposures or injuries, and to prevent releases to the environment. Remember, all chemicals must be entered into the Chemical Management System and the appropriate hazard warnings must be displayed on each container. For chemicals that are not in original manufacturers containers, or that do not have the hazards identified, NFPA labels (available from the NSLS Stockroom) must be affixed to each container. It is also recommended that the owner’s name and a date be placed on each chemical container.

1. Chemical Management

Stored glass bottles containing volumes larger than 1000 ml are not allowed unless specific permission is obtained from NSLS ESH staff.  Stored plastic bottles or glass bottles with protective plastic sleeves containing volumes larger than 1000 ml are allowed.

1.1             Line Supervisors shall assure that toxic and hazardous chemicals are managed properly. This means that:

1.1.1       Beryllium will be managed in accordance with the Beryllium Subject Area.

1.1.2       Lead shall be managed with NSLS PRM 6.2.0 Lead Working Guidelines. Additional information may obtained from the BNL Lead Subject Area.

1.1.3       Flammable liquids shall be managed in accordance with Fire Safety Subject Area.

1.1.4       Cryogenic liquids shall be managed in accordance with the Cryogenics Safety Subject Area.

1.1.5       PCBs shall be managed in accordance with PCB Management Subject Area.

1.1.6       Radioactive material shall be controlled in accordance with the BNL Radiological Control Manual.

1.1.7       Hazardous waste shall be managed in accordance with NSLS PRM 7.0.0 Hazardous Waste Management. Additional information may be obtained from the BNL Hazardous Waste Management Subject Area.

1.1.8       Air and liquid discharges shall be managed in accordance with Liquid Effluent Subject Area , the Non Radioactive Airborne Emission Subject Area, and the Radioactive Airborne Emission Subject Area.

1.1.9       Radioactive wastes shall be managed in accordance with the Radioactive Waste Management Subject Area.

1.1.10    All employees shall receive either Hazard Communication (#IND-200) or Laboratory Standard (#IND-220) web-based training in accordance with NSLS PRM 2.1.0 Hazard Communication Program. Additional information may be obtained from the Working With Chemicals Subject Area.

1.1.11    Workplaces for conducting experiments with non-radioactive toxic substances shall be selected in accordance with the Working With Chemicals Subject Area.

1.1.12     Incompatible chemicals shall not be stored together.

1.1.13    Employees shall not store food or eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or apply cosmetics where hazardous chemicals are present.


2. Material Transfer

2.1 Dispensing or transferring toxic or hazardous materials shall be performed in accordance with the Storage and Transfer of Hazardous and Nonhazardous Materials Subject Area. Small quantities of laboratory chemicals shall be handled so that any spillage will be contained and will not enter sinks, drains, water or soil.

2.2 Dispensing and transferring flammable liquids shall be performed in accordance with the Fire Safety Subject Area.

2.3 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shall be worn during material transfer to provide appropriate protection from splashes or vapors. Guidance concerning what type of PPE to wear may be obtained from the Personnel Protective Equipment Subject Area or the NSLS ES&H Staff.

3. Reporting of Spills or other Releases

Spills of chemicals or chemical wastes must be immediately addressed to prevent injury to personnel or releases to the environment. This includes the release of chemicals into a sink or floor drain in even small quantities. For advice on dealing with minor spills, contact NSLS ES&H Staff or the NSLS Control Room.


Report major spills or any spill released to the environment to the BNL emergency numbers x2222 or x911, to the Operations Coordinators at x2550 (for Buildings 725 and 535C) and to NSLS ES&H Staff. In addition, remember that the NSLS air handling system circulates air throughout the building. Keep the Control Room (x 2550) advised of any activities that produce a noticeable odor.

Additional information relating to spills can be found in the SBMS Spill Response Subject Area and in the NSLS Operations Group Chemical Spill Response procedure.

PRM Table of Contents

Document Review Frequency 3 Years

Review signatures on file with master copy of controlled document

Document Number: LS-ESH-PRM-2.1.2

> See NSLS Quality Control Coordinator for original revision and review signatures <

Rev Description Date
1 Original Document 5/16/97
2 Updated Web Links 10/01/00
3 Updated "Prepared By" name and deleted Web link that no longer exists. 10/21/03
4 Changed "Approved" from Dierker to Kao. Updated web links. Added NSLS Spill Response procedure. Added limit of 1000 ml for stored glass bottles in section 4.2.1 (as per ORPS SC-BHSO-BNL-NSLS-20006-0001) 10/02/06
5 Changes to text regarding chemical labeling requirements. Links updated for PPE subject area and Fire Safety subject area. Text clarified regarding 1 liter storage requirements. Deleted 1.1.6 of Rev 4 which referenced pesticides. 9/10/07

For information regarding this document contact Robert Chmiel,