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Hospira IV Solutions

[2014-04-04] Hospira warms that some of their IV solution bags may have developed leaks and should be visually examined before use.


[2013-10-24] Following a ChemWatch upgrade, it may be necessary to do a hard-reload when accessing our MSDS resources: press Ctrl+F5 after loading if it does not appear correct. If that does not work, clear your cache and try again. The problem should be resolved within a week but until then this workaround may be useful.

ThermoFisher CO2 incubators

We recently received a notice from ThermoFisher regarding a potential defect in some of their CO2 incubator models manufactured between April 2001 and September 2009 (see attached letter for specifics).

In some isolated cases, the door hinges to these units have failed. Doors have fallen off, risking personal injury and potentially compromising experiments.

ThermoFisher is providing free replacement hinges and instructions for all affected units.


[2014-03-12] The March/April newsletter is up. Learn about the most frequently cited OSHA standards, control of hazardous energy (lock out/tag out), the dangers of extreme heat and properly securing radioactive materials.

FDA Safety Notification: fibrin sealants (Evicel)

[2012-09-05] See the recent FDA Safety Notification and the Evicel Urgent Product Information sheet. These are recommendations for minimizing the risk of air or gas embolisms, not a recall.

Fire Protection System Impairment Form

[2012-08-06] A fire protection system impairment form has been added. Use this to request sprinkler bypasses, hot work, fire alarm tests, or similar fire system impairments.


[2012-03-13] The newsletter is here, with information on chemical waste disposal, liquid nitrogen, radon, and more.

New Biohood Company

[2012-02-28] Welcome to ENV Services, Inc. Effective immediately, ENV Services, Inc is the University's new contract holder for the certification, service, and repair of the biohoods and BSL 3 Suites on campus. With over eight hundred years of experience on staff, and 40 years in business, ENV understands the equipment on campus, and can offer the attention to detail needed for servicing these critical units. The company is ISO 17025 accredited, which ensures that they are tested for technical competence, and has a Quality System in place. ENV is a nationwide company with headquarters in Hatfield, PA.

Our internal forms have been changed to reflect this company, and we look forward to a great partnership. Any questions for service or certification of your Biohoods please contact Lynn Forster at For additional information on ENV, please visit their website at

Website Format

[2012-02-16] The website has a new look!


[2011-12-01] The newsletter is here, with information on holiday safety, hexavalent chromium, and more.


[2011-10-31] The latest newsletter has arrived! Meet our new staff members, learn about mercury thermometers, and find out how else Case can be world-class.

Annual Fire Safety Report

[2011-09-27] The annual fire safety report is now available. It gives information on the fire protection systems in residential buildings on campus, and information on past fires and fire drills. The 2011 fire log is also available.


[2011-09-14] The Laboratory Standard and Bloodborne Pathogens trainings have been rewritten; see the Training page. Also, the e-Waste form has been updated.


[2011-09-09] You may find the National Library of Medicine's WISER to be a useful tool to download to your computer or smartphone (iPhone/Android/Windows Mobile/Palm OS). It's been described as "what to do if you spill stuff".

Memorial Wall

[2011-08-15] The Lab Safety Memorial Wall is a sobering reminder of the importance of laboratory safety.

Summer Student Training

[2011-05-23] Due to the large number of summer students needing training, seats for OSHA trainings are filled much faster than normal. Please remember to schedule your trainings at least two weeks in advance to reserve a placement in our OSHA trainings.

UV Training

[2011-04-26] Revised UV safety training has been released. You may wish to review this training if you use any of the common UV sources in your work:

Check training online

[2011-04-15] You can now check your training online with our new web module. Use your normal Case ID and password—or, if you're already logged in, the system should recognize you.

Machine Guarding

[2011-04-15] Employee exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines is prevalent in many workplaces. Consequently, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year. Amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the occupational workplace, and often results in permanent disability. The OSHA website has a page on machine guarding that focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.

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Radiation Safety: 368-2906
Health Center: 368-2450

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