What do I need to consider when receiving a package that contains chemicals or biological materials?

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 9:41 am

  • Inspect the package for signs of damage including leaks, broken outer packaging, or a strange odor.
  • If the package is damaged or leaking, do not accept it.
  • In the event the transporter does not accept the package, move the package to a fume hood and contact EHS.
  • If the package is in good condition, take it to the appropriate laboratory.
  • If the package includes potentially-infectious materials, open the package inside a biosafety cabinet.
  • Dry ice from these packages should be placed in a chemical fume hood to sublime. Never place dry ice into a laboratory sink as it may cause pipes to rupture.
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