College of Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Student Handbook 2011-2012

IV. Department Information: General Operation

C. Hazardous Material Management

In some of your laboratory activities in foundational and Occupational Therapy practice classes, you may be using some materials that can be considered hazardous. These include rubber cement, oil-based stains and paints, ceramic glazes, paint thinner or remover, thermoplastic solvents used in splinting, acrylic paints, batteries, liver of sulphur solution, and any other material that is listed as toxic or flammable on the label. All such materials are stored in a clearly marked safety cabinet in Enrollment Services Room 116, to ensure student and faculty safety. All containers must be clearly labeled.

To dispose of any containers or materials after use, the following procedures must be followed:
• Containers that are empty and DRY may be placed in trash receptacles.
• Use specially marked bins labeled “Hazardous Waste” must be used for containers that are not empty and dry (located in metal cabinet under sink in Room 115).
• Batteries should have tape placed on both ends to prevent sparks, and placed in recycling bins by the copier on the second floor of the Enrollment Services Building.

As an Occupational Therapy student, you are responsible for maintaining the safety and cleanliness of lab and classroom space, just as you will be responsible for maintenance of your space in the clinical settings. It is also important that your label, store, and dispose of these materials safely in preparation for clinical practice.

Department consent is required for admission to all occupational therapy major courses.




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