General Rules for Safe Transport of Chemicals

  1. Use a hand-held rubber safety bottle carrier for liquids and hazardous solids in glass containers. These carriers are mandatory for 2.5 L and 4 L bottles of liquids. Carriers may be borrowed from the stockroom but please return the carrier as soon as you have reached your destination with the hazardous reagent.
  2. Do not attempt to carry an armful of bottles. Use a cart with side panels if transporting several chemicals at once. Do not allow containers to collide with each other during transport.
  3. Always use a hand truck for cylinders of compressed gases. Remove regulators and replace protective cylinder cap before transport. Do not drag or roll cylinders. Chain the cylinder to the hand truck as soon as cylinder is in place before transport.
  4. Never pick up a bottle by the cap or lid.
  5. Wear eye protection while transporting chemicals.
  6. Plan to transport the extremely hazardous chemicals during times of reduced traffic in the halls.
  7. Do not transport extremely hazardous materials by yourself.
  8. Bring a spill kit when transporting hazardous liquids.
  9. Place bottles of extremely toxic or carcinogenic chemicals in an unbreakable outer container before transport.
  10. Wear protective gloves and laboratory coat.
  11. Extremely hazardous materials should be sent in an empty elevator to a second person waiting at the desired floor.
  12. Transport dry ice and liquid nitrogen in an elevator without passengers or by using the stairs. A relatively small amount can displace all oxygen in an enclosed area such as the elevator.
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