Hamilton College's Science Center is a 208,000 gsf facility that houses six academic departments—Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Geoscience, Physics and Archeology. It contains approximately 100 laboratories, 70 support rooms and 11 classrooms, and is home to nearly 70 employees. Many occupational or environmental hazards associated with the use of dangerous chemicals, equipment or animals in a laboratory setting, are subject to regulation by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) and/or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The "Chemical Hygiene Plan" is a formal, written document required by OSHA, and is intended to give the Hamilton College community the necessary guidance with regard to the management of occupational or environmental hazards in a laboratory setting.
Lab Hazard Assessments & Training Forms
The Chemical Hygiene Plan contains numerous forms and appendices that facilitate the documentation of lab hazard assessments, the specification of control methods (including Personal Protective Equipment), and training. Click on the link below to access those forms/appendices as stand-alone documents.
Chemicals/Agents Requiring Additional Control Measures
The use of certain chemicals in a laboratory setting requires the implementation of additional administrative or technical control measures. Further, the procurement or possession of a class of chemicals, biologicals or toxins called "Select Agents" are restricted without specific authorization from the federal government. See the Chemical Hygiene Plan for more detail on chemical types that fit in this category. However, the following links contain a summation of the relevant information sources that should be consulted:
Hamilton College is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as it relates to the possession/use of radio-nuclides and radiation generating equipment. The College's Radiation Safety Officer is Dr. David Gapp, and the Radiation Safety Committee is chaired by Pearl Gapp. The relevant radiation safety documentation necessary for the management and implementation of the NYSDOH regulations may be found here:
Finally, the Science Stockroom & Facility Coordinator (Mary Collis) provides a number of services related to both environmental, health and safety issues in the facility, as well as building related matters as the liaison to the Physical Plant. Mary's phone extension is x4914, or she can be reached at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org