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Food and Drink Restrictions in Technical Areas

    Title:

    Food and Drink Restrictions in Technical Areas

    Publication date:

    8/29/2013

    Effective date:

    8/29/2013

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    Berkeley Lab restricts the consumption and storage of food and drink in technical areas to minimize potential exposure to harmful substances, such as chemicals, biological materials, metal shavings, and other unsanitary materials.

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Berkeley Lab employees, casual and participating visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who perform work in technical areas

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    Contact Information

    Technical Services Group
    EHS Division
    MPWisherop@lbl.gov

    Title:

    Food and Drink Restrictions in Technical Areas

    Publication date:

    8/29/2013

    Effective date:

    8/29/2013

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) restricts the consumption and storage of food and drink in technical areas based on the type of technical area and/or the work performed in the technical area. Consumption and storage of food and drink is prohibited in technical areas where potentially harmful substances are used, such as in chemical laboratories; biological laboratories; radiation work areas; and machine, welding, and craft shops. Other technical areas need to be evaluated by the area safety lead and/or the Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) Division to determine if, where, and when consumption and storage of food and drink will be permitted.

    B. Persons Affected

    Berkeley Lab employees, casual and participating visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who perform work in technical areas

    C. Exceptions

    Non-technical areas, such as administrative offices, meeting rooms, break rooms, and kitchens

    D. Policy Statement

    Berkeley Lab restricts the consumption and storage of food and drink in technical areas to minimize potential exposure to harmful substances, such as chemicals, biological materials, metal shavings, and other unsanitary materials. This policy:

    1. Prohibits the consumption and storage of food and drink in the following locations:
      1. Chemical laboratories
      2. Biosafety areas, such as biosafety level 1 or 2 laboratories
      3. Radiation areas
      4. Machine, welding, and craft shops
    2. Restricts the storage and consumption of food and drink in other technical areas by requiring the area safety lead and/or EH&S to evaluate the area to determine which portion(s) may be identified and demarcated as permissible for the storage or consumption of food or drink.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Managers, supervisors, and employees have the responsibility to adhere to the provisions of this policy.

    Role

    Responsibility

    Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) Division

    • Administers the Food and Drink Restrictions in Technical Areas policy.
    • Provides assistance in reviewing area food and drink requirements

    Line management

    • Assigns the area safety lead
    • Ensures workers comply with area food and drink requirements

    Berkeley Lab Employees and affiliates

    • Follow all area food and drink requirements

    Subcontractors

    • Follow all area food and drink requirements

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Technical areas

    • Laboratories where chemicals or biological materials are stored or handled
    • Shops or other process areas where potential eye, face, skin, hand, foot, head, hearing, or respiratory hazards exist

    Chemical laboratories

    Laboratories where chemicals are handled

    Biosafety areas

    Areas that are (a) biosafety containment areas or (b) other areas where there is potential exposure to biological materials that may be detrimental to human health (e.g., infectious or blood-borne pathogen materials). Biosafety containment areas include laboratory (e.g., Biosafety Level 1 and Biosafety Level 2), large-scale, plant, and animal containment areas. Areas with potential for exposure to blood-borne pathogen materials include, for example, some health care facility rooms.

    Radiation areas

    Any accessible area in which radiation levels could result in an individual receiving a deep dose equivalent in excess of 0.005 rem (0.05 millisievert) in one hour, 30 cm from the radiation source or from any surface that the radiation penetrates

    Machine Shop

    Workshop where materials are cut and shaped (machined)

    Welding Shop

    Workshops where materials are joined together by heating the surfaces to the point of melting and uniting them (welded)

    Craft Shop

    Workshop where Facilities maintenance and construction craft/ trades personnel perform work. Examples include but are not limited to the Plumbing Shop, the Electrical Shop, the Carpentry Shop, and the Lockshop.

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    Indicate on the door sign any conditions and locations for which food or drink consumption is permitted in the technical area.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.024.001

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Program

    N/A

    EHS Procedure 705, Radiological Work Permit Program

    Procedure

    07.07.021.001

    Machine Safeguarding—Shop and Machine Safety

    Program

    07.07.004.001

    Biosafety

    Program

    07.07.005.001

    Chemical Safety Hazards and Controls

    Program

    I. Contact Information

    Technical Services Group
    EHS Division
    MPWisherop@lbl.gov

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    8/29/2013

    0

    M.Wisherop

    New policy

    All

    Major

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Food and Drink Restrictions in Technical Areas

    Document number

    07.07.033.000

    Revision number

    0

    Publication date:

    8/29/2013

    Effective date:

    8/29/2013

    Next review date:

    8/29/2016

    Policy Area:

    Industrial Hygiene and Safety

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EHS

    Prior reference information (optional)

     

    Source Requirements Documents

    • 10 CFR 851.21, Worker Safety and Health Program – Hazard Identification and Assessment
    • 29 CFR 1910.1030, Bloodborne Pathogens

    • 29 CFR 1910.1200, Hazard Communication
    • 29 CFR 1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
    • 10 CFR 835, Occupational Radiation Protection

    Other Driving Requirements

    Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.024.001

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Program

    N/A

    EHS Procedure 705, Radiological Work Permit Program

    Procedure

    07.07.021.001

    Machine Safeguarding—Shop and Machine Safety

    Program

    07.07.004.001

    Biosafety

    Program

    07.07.005.001

    Chemical Safety Hazards and Controls

    Program

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