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Transportation of Hazardous Materials

To decrease the risk for release of potentially hazardous materials within buildings, the following procedures are to be followed by all personnel associated with the Faculty of Science.

Heads of Departments and Directors are responsible for communication of these procedures to all appropriate personnel within their units.

  1. All substances that can be deemed to present an immediate hazard if spilled and are contained in glass bottles or other breakable containers shall be transported in approved safety carriers and by an approved method when being moved from one room to another.
  2. Transportation of these substances by vehicle on public roadways is subject to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and must only be carried out with the approval of the Manager of Physical Sciences Stores or the Supply Supervisor of Life Sciences Stores.
  3. Single bottles may be carried by hand if they are contained within an approved rubber or plastic safety carrier.
  4. Multiple bottles must be transported using approved laboratory carts or trolleys and carrier containers and in a manner that prevents items inside the carrier from knocking against each other or falling off the cart or trolley.
  5. Stores personnel and other responsible persons have the authority to refuse to release substances if it is not apparent that they will be transported safely and in accordance with these requirements.
  6. Whenever possible, transportation of potentially hazardous materials should be scheduled at times of minimum corridor traffic and densely occupied areas should be avoided.
  7. The Faculty of Science Safety Committee in consultation with the Manager of Physical Sciences Stores and the Supply Supervisor of Life Sciences Stores shall have authority under the Dean of Science to recommend and to approve carriers, trolleys and methods of transportation from time to time as appropriate.

July 17, 2007 (ver 03)