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CSSLSS is a subsidiary operation of the chemistry department. It provides value-added services to the entire John Carroll University community, especially the sciences.

Our Mission

Central Scientific Stores and Laboratory Support Services advances the scientific endeavors of the University through leadership and expertise in supply-chain management of scientific materials sourced throughout the world.
 

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.–noon; 1-5 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

Summer and break hours are subject to change. Feel free to call ahead: 216.397.4244.

Health and Safety in the Chemistry Department

Emergency Response

FIRE

  • Do not attempt to fight a fire which cannot be reasonably managed by a fire extinguisher.

  • Know the location of nearest fire extinguisher, fire blanket, fire alarm and fire exit whenever you enter a laboratory.
  • Note the emergency response floorplan posted on the inside of every laboratory door indicating the best evacuation route.
  • Building fire alarm should be pulled as soon as decision to evacuate is made by laboratory supervisor.
  • After incident is over, obtain an accident report from stockroom and file duplicate copies with Administrative Assistant.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL

  •  If there is an obvious threat of exposure to persons nearby, evacuate the area immediately.
  • Notify the laboratory supervisor who will take appropriate containment actions and assess need to evacuate people.
  •  Obtain medical attention for anyone who has been injured.
  •  Laboratory supervisor will notify stockroom of situation and begin spill response.
  • After incident is over, obtain an accident report from stockroom and file duplicate copies with Administrative Assistant.

PERSONAL INJURY

  • If there is broken skin present from a cut or burn, avoid contact with blood and body fluids. Minimize the spread of blood by confining the injuried party to a sink with running water if possible. Provide bandages and other first-aid equipment. If injury resulted from a fall, do not move person until qualified medical personnel can assess the situation.
  • Obtain medical attention for anyone who has been injured by notifying laboratory supervisor of situation and removing injured person from immediate harm.
  • Stay with the person until medical attention can be administered.
  • Injury other than a small cut will be treated by professional emergency personnel at the MEDCenter on Warrensville near Cedar or by transport to an area hospital.
  • After incident is over, obtain an accident report from stockroom and file duplicate copies with Administrative Assistant.
    Health and Safety Resources

    1. Safety equipment available from Central Scientific Stores

    • Vermiculite & baking soda absorbent for acid spills.

    • Containers for broken glass and sharps.
    • Lab coats, gloves, dust masks, and goggles.
    • First Aid station and Oxygen mask.
    • Drip pads, mops & brooms, counter brushes, dustpans, garbage can liners

    2. Safety equipment in the labs

    • Fire extinguishers
    • Eye wash stations
    • Drenching showers, both hand-held and full body, modesty blankets
    • Broken glass containers, broom, and dustpan.
    • Fume hoods

    3. Right-To-Know Information

    • Chemistry Department’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, available at Central Scientific Stores, every faculty research laboratory, Chemistry Department main office & from Dr. Michael Setter, our Chemical Hygiene Officer.
    • Safety Data Sheets located at Central Scientific Stores and in all labs.
    • Departmental Safety Policy provided to all undergraduate students on the first day of laboratory courses who will read and sign a copy to be retained in the department.
    • Various other reference books containing chemical hazard information located in Central Scientific Stores and the Chemistry Department main office
    • Aldrich Library of Safety Data
    • Bretherick’s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, vols 1 & 2
    • CGA Handbook of Compressed Gases
    • CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety
    • DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
    • Genium Handbook of Safety, Health, and Environmental Data, vols 1, 2 & 3
    • Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry
    • Merck Index
    • OSHA Compliance Manual
    • The Chemist’s Companion
    Central Stores Policies for Chemistry Departmental Users

    The stockroom is open Monday through Friday, 8 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm during University academic sessions. Graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants are allowed limited access to the stockroom during normal business hours for the purpose of preparing for labs. Do not ask to prep outside of the hours posted above. This is a safety issue. The stockroom is a restricted access area; undergraduate students who are not authorized entry by the Chairman may not enter.

    Please indicate if you take the last container of an item so that I may reorder it promptly. Please do not re-shelve bottles.

    When chemicals are returned, they may be placed on the prep table or cart. This allows me to check for low quantities, broken or deteriorated containers, expiration dates, etc.

    When preparing for labs, you will often find the chemicals you need on the side bench of the instructional lab. Check there first – Save yourself time! Solvents and solutions dispensed into stock bottles should be labeled plainly with all pertinent safety data filled in. Also, list concentration and ingredients as necessary. Each label should include the date prepared and your name. This enables us to identify waste products more easily at the end of term and enables you (and those who follow you) to determine exactly what’s in the bottle. Two reagent labels are available from the stockroom for hazardous materials.

    Waste containers should be prepared for specific types of waste streams and placed on the side bench for easy access by students. Please direct your students’ attention to their location and monitor the levels in these containers. Do not fill them all the way to the top! Some expansion is normal when the containers are put into storage. When full, these containers should be brought to the stockroom and placed on the cart near the door. Replacements are available from the lower shelf near the door. Be sure to read the policies and regulations which follow concerning the labeling of hazardous waste.

    The complete labeling of waste bottles and all bottles containing hazardous chemicals is standard operating procedure in this department. It is spelled out clearly in the Chemical Hygiene Plan (1.2.ix) that waste containers will be labeled clearly with a description that identifies the chemical(s). Environmental Protection Agency of the Federal government and Ohio EPA require this practice as well. The Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 262.34) governing the handling of hazardous substances states:

    • [The generator] marks his containers either with the words “Hazardous Waste” or with other words that identify the contents of the container. 40 CFR 262.34(c)(1)(ii)
    • The generator must mark the container holding the excess accumulation of hazardous waste with the date the excess amount began accumulating. 40 CFR 262.34(c)(2)
    • The generator must ensure that all employees are thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures, relevant to the responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies. 40 CFR 262.34(d)(5)(iii)

    Furthermore, not all people who come in contact with containers of chemicals in our facility are professional chemists. For example, emergency personnel (firemen, paramedics) and maintenance personnel, work-study students and other students cannot be expected to be able to interpret chemical formulae at a glance. Therefore it is important that the full name of all ingredients be noted on the label. Abbreviations, ionic notation, or symbols are not acceptable.

    This applies equally to stock bottles. The contents should be identified clearly on the label by full name. The name of the preparer and the date prepared are also necessary. Other safety information is included as necessary to ensure that the end-user (the student) is fully aware of any hazards associated with that chemical’s use. At a minimum, warnings should include whether the material should be used in the hood, if it is a suspected carcinogen, a lachrymator, strongly caustic or corrosive, readily absorbed into the skin or mucus membranes, if it is air or light sensitive, or reactive in water or air, etc. Every year we spend thousands of dollars on waste disposal, a significant portion of which is spent to identify unknown or insufficiently identified waste. If we can decrease this budgetary allocation, that money can be used for things more useful to everyone. We do this to protect ourselves and others from physical harm. We do this to remain in compliance with OSHA and EPA laws. Most importantly, we do this because it is the right thing to do.

    Proper Labeling Procedure for Hazardous Waste

    The complete labeling of waste bottles and all bottles containing hazardous chemicals is standard operating procedure in this department. It is spelled out clearly in the Chemical Hygiene Plan (1.2.ix) that waste containers will be labeled clearly… with a description that identifies the chemical(s).  JCU’s standardized label is shown here.  Pre-labeled containers are available from CSSLSS in three sizes.

    hazardous waste label

    This practice is also required of us by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Federal government and by Ohio EPA. The Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 262.34) governing handling of hazardous substances stipulations these requirements:

    • [the generator] marks his containers either with the words “Hazardous Waste” or with other words that identify the contents of the container 40 CFR 262.34(c)(1)(ii)
    • The generator must mark the container holding the excess accumulation of hazardous waste with the date the excess amount began accumulating 40 CFR 262.34(c)(2)
    • The generator must ensure that all employees are thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures, relevant to the responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies. 40 CFR 262.34(d)(5)(iii)

    Furthermore, not all people who come in contact with containers of chemicals in our facility are professional chemists. For example, emergency personnel (firemen, paramedics) and maintenance personnel, work-study students and other students cannot be expected to be able to interpret chemical formulae at a glance. Therefore it is important that the full name of all ingredients be noted on the label. Abbreviations, ions, symbols are not acceptable.

    This applies equally to stock bottles. The contents should be identified clearly on the label by full name. The name of the preparer and the date prepared are also very helpful. Other safety information is included as necessary to ensure that the end-user (the student) is fully aware of any hazards associated with that chemical’s use.

    At a minimum, warnings should include whether the material should be used in the hood, if it is a suspected carcinogen, a lachrymator, strongly caustic or corrosive, readily absorbed into the skin or mucus membranes, if it is air or light sensitive, or reactive in water or air, etc.

    We do this to protect ourselves and others from physical harm. We do this to remain in compliance with OSHA and EPA laws. Most importantly, we do this because it is the right thing to do.

    If you have additional questions or concerns they may directed to the Chemical Hygiene Officer, Dr. Mike Setter, or to the University Hazardous Materials Officer, Mr. Jeff Your.

    Services

    Central Scientific Stores and Laboratory Support Services is an ancillary enterprise of the Chemistry Department.

    Faculty and researchers are encouraged to direct their purchases of chemicals, equipment and supplies through Central Scientific Stores to ensure the best price and availability. JCU enjoys special pricing and preferred vendor status with many distributors and manufacturers. Please consult with Mr. Jeff Your, C.S.M.M., for additional purchasing options. He can provide the level of service to your laboratory which you find most comfortable and convenient. Purchase requisitions can be placed with CSSLSS for rapid turnaround and just-in-time delivery. Along with these services, Mr. Your can help you expedite other administrative paperwork, such as maintenance and repair orders.

    Examples of available services
    • Lab coats
    • Bulk solvents
    • Postage stamps
    • Dry ice delivery
    • Hazmat training
    • Laboratory Notebooks
    • Budgeting and planning
    • Hazard communication
    • Laboratory splash goggles
    • First Aid on a limited scale
    • Waste removal and storage
    • Specialty and Fine Chemicals
    • Laboratory decommissioning
    • Help with demonstration prep
    • Emergency Response support
    • Mailing and packaging services
    • Waste minimization consultation
    • Exclusive CSSLSS-only discounts
    • Shipping and receiving assistance
    • Purchase of reagents and glassware
    • Quotation service for capital purchases
    • Compressed gases and cryogenic material
    • Over the counter sales for laboratory needs
    • Computerized inventory with search features
    • On‑line resources for MSDS’s and inventory
    • Hazardous waste management and consultation
    • Purchasing options for capital equipment
    • Material Safety Data Sheets for thousands of chemicals on file

    Manager of Central Scientific Stores

    Contact Us

    Jeff Your, M.B.A., C.S.M.M.
    Dolan Room WG01
    216-397-4244

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