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Cooling and Ventilation Systems

Conduct preventive maintenance; monitor and control airflow; replace air filters; and clean, repair, and replace air handlers, exhaust fans, and hoods on a regular schedule and then as needed.

Drinking Water

Conduct periodic water sampling for bacteria and chemical contamination, and clean water fountains several times a day.

Plumbing System

Evaluate system for cross connections and submerged inlets especially in laboratories, and carry out system maintenance on a regular basis.

Fume Hoods/Spray Booths

Evaluate airflow and filtering systems, clean frequently to prevent buildup, and utilize all appropriate occupational health and safety procedures to prevent contamination of the facility and contamination of the worker.

Electrical Shop

Electrical facilities maintenance includes electrical systems, fire alarms, security systems, and a variety of electrical equipment. Utilize all current requirements for the disposal of hazardous wastes since hazardous waste may be generated from the use and disposal of electrical equipment components such as: thermostats, switches, level gauges, and relays that contain mercury; telephone panels, fire panels, motion detectors, and emergency lights which may use sealed lead-acid or lead- cadmium batteries; other batteries that may contain mercury, cadmium, silver, or lithium; fluorescent lights containing neon, mercury vapor, high-pressure sodium, and metal halide light bulbs which may contain mercury; and old electrical equipment manufactured before July 1979 which may contain PCBs or PCB-contaminated items. (Also see Chapter 12, “Solid Waste Management, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Waste Management”)

 
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