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