A review of chemical storage and handling protocols in the Environmental Radioactivity laboratories of eriss

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2009

Internal Report 548
Medley P
Supervising Scientist Division

About the report

A review of chemical storage and handling protocols in the Environmental Radioactivity section (EnRad) of eriss was undertaken after two incidents involving EnRad staff. Investigations from these incidents also made recommendations regarding the updating of procedures within the section. A review of the management of all chemicals held by EnRad, including an assessment of potential improvements in chemical safety and laboratory management, was conducted. The major themes of the chemical management review were a review of all MSDS (material safety data sheet) information and protocols for the purchasing, storage, handling and disposal of chemicals and chemical waste. Particular emphasis was placed on addressing any current issues of significance identified and on providing recommendations for implementing a Chemical Management Framework for all chemicals handled by EnRad staff. Implementation of these recommendations will ensure all procedures in place in the EnRad radiochemical laboratory have undergone a rigorous safety assessment. Following this report recommendations will guide and complement the development of a comprehensive procedures manual for the EnRad laboratories.