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Laboratory Safety

NYU is responsible for the control of health hazards related to chemical and physical agents within the University's laboratories. Programs designed to implement University policy and procedures have been established to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff as well as to meet the regulatory requirements established by OSHA, EPA, NY State and local authorities.

Environmental Health and Safety has instigated the following programs:

In addition to these programs EHS supplies services and reference materials for:

For more information on Chemical Compatibility and Storage please click here (PDF).
General Chemical Compatibility and Storage (PDF)
Organic Chemical Compatibility (PDF)
Organic and Inorganic Acids Compatibility (PDF)

Reference material on health effects of hazardous chemicals, chemical storage, handling of hazardous materials, controlling chemical hazards and biosafety has been compiled in the Laboratory Safety Handbook (PDF).

Fume Hood Monitoring

All fume hoods are inspected annually to ensure that the average face velocity is between 80 and 150 feet per minute  when opened to 12 inches. Hood installed after 2008 must be between 80 and 120 feet per minute. If your fume hood does not have a sticker indicating that it has been inspected within the last year, or if it is not working properly, please contact  us.

Gas Cylinders

All compressed gas cylinders must be properly secured with a chain or other suitable holder. Cylinders shall have a stamped-on date which certifies that the cylinder has been hydrostatically tested within the past 10 years. Return empty or non-conforming cylinders to the manufacturer. Dispose of lecture bottles through Environmental Health and Safety.

Safety Showers and Eyewash Stations

A Safety Shower and/or Eye Wash station must be installed and accessible within 25 feet of any location where more than 5 gallons of corrosive acids or 5 gallons of flammable liquids are stored or used.

All safety showers and/or eye wash stations must be inspected quarterly by the building staff and a record maintained. It is also recommended that shower/eye wash be tested weekly by the area occupants to ensure that it is working and that the water runs clear.

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