NMSU Policy:   

Food & Drink in Research and Laboratory Areas

1. Consumption or storage of  food or beverages is not permitted in laboratory, research or work rooms where chemicals are used or stored. 

2. Refrigerators containing chemicals shall be posted as
   CHEMICAL STORAGE ONLY, NO FOOD or similar wording.    EXAMPLE 1   EXAMPLE 2

3. Well-defined areas must be established for storage and consumption of food and beverages. Food must not be stored or consumed outside this area.

4. Areas where food is permitted should be conspicuously marked and a warning sign posted 
   e.g. EATING AREA-NO CHEMICALS, FOOD STORAGE ONLY - NO CHEMICALS.  
   Chemicals or chemical equipment must not be allowed in such areas.  EXAMPLE 1    EXAMPLE 2

Contamination of food, drink, smoking materials and cosmetics is a potential route for exposure to toxic substances. 

References: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.141 (g)(2) and Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, Section I.A.3.   For consultation, contact Environmental Health and Safety 646-3327

CHEMICAL STORAGE - NO FOOD SIGN
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FOOD STORAGE  - NO CHEMICALS SIGN
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Contact Information 
 Environmental Health& Safety: MSC-3578, P.O. Box 30001, Academic Research Bldg. C, Rm. 109
    Street delivery address: NMSU, 1620 Standley Dr., Academic Research Bldg. C, Las Cruces, NM 88003
    Training Office: Academic Research Unit C, rm110 (see map ), 
    Telephone: 575-646-3327; FAX: 575-646-7898. Website - http://www.nmsu.edu/safety
    Send email to David Shearer, EH&S (click here) with questions or comments about this web site. 
    This page was last updated on 09/21/2014