Health & Safety Programs

Self-Inspection Topic for Quarter 4, 2009
Facilities Services and Support for Labs

The quarterly topic for Quarter 4, 2009 is Facilities Services and Support for Labs where we will review facility services available by contacting the General Service Response Center, disposal mechanisms for medical and chemical waste, as well as emergency notification procedures.

Please take this opportunity to update contact information and review disposal practices. Self-Inspections forms for this quarter need to be completed by December 31, 2009. Quarter 4 2009 Self Inspection Checklist - pdf document Quarter 4 2009 Self Inspection Checklist -MS Word

  1. Facility Services
    • Call the GENERAL SERVICES RESPONSE CENTER (650) 498-4400 for routine facilities services. Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) Housekeeping and Engineering/ Maintenance provides service to on-campus School of Medicine facilities. Similar services are provided for off-campus buildings.
    • Building maintenance for onsite facilities is contracted with SHC Engineering and Maintenance. For work that is not considered part of normal building maintenance, use the online Maintenance Request Form; an account number will be required to pay for the service. (seismic restraints, discarded furniture)
    • SHC Housekeeping provides services to labs Monday - Friday. Additional housekeeping services that are not addressed in the standard specifications are available by completing an SU-13 form and returning the completed form with an account number to the SHC Housekeeping Department.
      • REGULAR TRASH is collected from labs three times per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings); in offices service is twice per week (Tuesday, Thursday).
      • RED BAGS and filled SHARPS containers are picked up from laboratories Monday - Friday by the evening shift.
      • CARDBOARD BOXES- Leave flatten boxes in the corrodor at the END of the workday. Housekeeping services picks up cardboard staged in corridors as part of regular trash service.
      • BROKEN GLASS - Boxes containing glass should be taped closed and should not weigh more than 25 pounds! Labs can purchase Broken Glass Disposal Cartons from VWR, Fisher Scientifics or Biostores.
      • COMPOSTABLES - Special collection bins for compostable kitchen waste are available in selected areas in the SOM facilities.
    • Additional information relating to facilities management and sustainability programs is available on the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) Website.
  2. Sharps Use Survey - Please complete a short survey regarding Sharps Containers use by School of Medicine Laboratories.
  3. Medical Waste
    • Review information in the Biohazardous and Medical Waste Disposal Guidelines and check that a copy is posted in every room where medical waste is generated.
    • SHARPS: Remember to CLOSE AND LOCK filled reusable sharps containers prior to disposal! Review the instructions for use Daniels Sharps Instructions for Use from the Daniels Sharpsmart Website.Close and Lock Daniel's Sharps Containers
      • Request new sharps service through the General Services Response Center (650.498.4400).
    • BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE: Place only biohazard contaminated waste in red bags. Pipet wrappers should be disposed of as regular lab trash. Chemically contaminated pipet tips or containers (e.g. ethidium bromide, phenol/chloroform, pharmaceuticals or chemotherapeutic agents) are chemical and not biological wastes.
  4. Chemical Waste Programs and Services Chemical Waste Programs Fliers
  5. Emergency Notification Procedures - for School of Medicine buildings on and off campus. Please review the new Emergency Notification Procedures flier. Post these instructions in areas near your Stanford phones visible to your laboratory staff. Emergency Notification Procedures
    • To report any emergency occurring in on-campus, School of Medicine buildings (e.g., Beckman, Fairchild, CCSR, Stone Buildings, MSOB, MSLS, etc. ), dial 286 for SUMC Security.
    • To report any emergency occurring in SUMC, LPCH, and Advanced Medicine Center buildings, dial 211 for SUMC Security.
    • To report emergencies occurring in off-campus, School of Medicine buildings (e.g., 1050 Arastradero, SMP, etc.) that:
      1. threaten life safety (e.g., fire, medical emergencies, threatening persons, etc.), dial 9-911 from Stanford phones and 911 from cell phones or
      2. are not an immediate threat to life safety (e.g., power outage, unusual odors, chemical spills, etc.), dial 3-7222 for SUMC Security.
    • It is important to notify SUMC Security of emergencies because the officers are highly trained in emergency situations and can offer assistance in an expedited manner, can connect your directly to 911 Dispatch, guide fire and law enforcement personnel to the location of the emergency, and notify other School of Medicine Emergency Personnel (e.g., Facilities, Health & Safety, and Veterinarian Service Center) of the situation.
    • Programing SUMC Security's phone number to your cell phone (650-723-7222) is highly recommended.
  6. Additional support documents for Health and Safety at Stanford and the School of Medicine, Stanford’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP),Preventing Injury and Illness in the Workplace, Laboratory Safety-Related Topics and previous Self-Inspection Quarterly Topics are available online.
Updated 11/29/09 @ 10:40

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