4 - RESTRICTED AREAS

Facilities placarded with the following warning signs are restricted areas:

CAUTION - BIOHAZARDS
CAUTION - CANCER HAZARD
CAUTION - RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL
CAUTION - RADIATION AREA
CAUTION/DANGER - LASER

The names and phone numbers of responsible persons must be posted on the door(s) to all facilities where hazardous materials are stored or used.

With limited exceptions, faculty, staff, and administrators may only enter a restricted area when accompanied by an authorized user of the facility. Facilities Administration & Services (FAS) personnel, including Custodial Services representatives, are permitted to enter restricted areas alone to perform routine housekeeping tasks. However, these persons may only handle non-hazardous waste containers and conduct limited floor maintenance work. They must not contact labeled waste containers, research equipment or other associated laboratory materials.

Biosafety Level 2 laboratories are serviced by Custodial Services representatives by request only.

Other support personnel, including Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Facilities Maintenance & Operations (FMO) staff, are also permitted to enter restricted areas alone provided the work to be performed does not involve disturbing a use area, equipment, or materials within the facility. Examples of items off limits include:

  • fume hoods
  • biological safety cabinets
  • sinks
  • placarded equipment
  • glassware and other materials on lab benches
  • chemicals
  • laboratory freezers
  • laboratory refrigerators
  • biological research materials

Support personnel must contact an authorized user of the facility or Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) before performing work which may involve any of the above items.

Prior to placing any work request requiring a response from FAS and/or FMO staff, laboratory managers shall ensure the area requiring service is clear of laboratory-related equipment, materials, etc.  FMO/FAS staff shall not respond to the work request until adequate clearance is made.

Immediately report to EHS or to Public Safety any unusual conditions, such as:

  • spills
  • leaks
  • contamination
  • fires
  • injuries