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Laws and Regulations that Affect You

The following laws could affect how you carry out your activities in the University community. Copies may be obtained from the agency cited or from EH&S (212) 305-6780 CUMC (212)854-8749 MS:

Department of Homeland Security
DHS Appendix A: Chemicals of Interest List

Federal Code of Regulations Title 29 Part 1910 (29 CFR 1910) Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor, 90 Church St., New York, NY 10007, (212) 264-9840. These federal regulations, the most general occupational health and safety regulations, require that each employer "shall furnish to each of his employees a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Coverage includes exposure standards to agents such as noise, hazardous chemicals and bloodborne pathogens; the right of employees to obtain information about hazards; requirements for medical surveillance of employees; and the right to report unsafe or unhealthy conditions without fear of recrimination.

New York City Community Right To Know Law Section 24-704 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, Local Law 26, 1988 (revised 1991). The NYC Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Blvd., #3FL, Flushing, NY 11373-5107, (718) 595-5595 and SARA Title III 49 CFR 300-399, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Toxic Unit, Woodbridge Ave., Bldg. 209, Edison, NJ 08837, (800) 535-0202. These regulations require the reporting of the presence of hazardous substances in your workplace to the relevant emergency response agencies such as the NYC Fire Department so that appropriate preparations for emergency response can be made.

Materials and Substances Excluded from Public Sewers (RCNY Title 15, Chapter §19-03) An overview of all substances and materials that are prohibited for drain disposal in the City of New York.

Regulations for the Storage and Use of Chemicals, Acids, and Gases in College, University, Hospital, Research and Commercial Laboratories[New York City Fire Department Directive 1-66 (revised 1985), Bureau of Fire Prevention, NYC Fire Department, 250 Livingston St., Brooklyn, NY 11201-5884, (718) 403-1330] contains specific requirements for laboratory facilities such as, containment, ventilation and chemical storage areas. Also requires the presence of a Fire Department certified laboratory supervisor when the laboratory is in use.

Radiation Control Article 175, Health Codes, Title IV, Part B, Rules of the City of New York, Department of Health, Bureau of Radiological Health, 111 Livingston St., Room 2006, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 643-5168, regulations for the storage and use of ionizing radiation sources such as radioactive materials and x-ray producing devices.

Resource, Conservation, and Recovery Act (RCRA) 40 CFR Part 260-265 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and NYCRR Title 6, Parts 360 and 370, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Hazardous Substances Regulation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12212-4010. These regulations establish standards and criteria for the disposal of hazardous substances.


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