Users of any laboratories at the Gump Station, must acknowledge that they:
- Have reviewed all relevant standard operating procedures for laboratory work
- Are familiar with hazards of all chemicals and operations that they will be working with
- Have reviewed Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all hazardous materials they will be working with or might encounter
- Will locate and wear all necessary Personal Protective Equipment while working in a laboratory at the Station (referring to SDS and experienced researchers). This may include gloves, lab coat, safety glasses.
- Have located safety equipment such as chemical eye wash, safety shower, and fire extinguishers
- Will will carry out work involving flammable or toxic materials in the chemical fume hood having first confirmed that it is in good working order
- Acknowledge that food and drink is prohibited in laboratories
- Will minimize production of hazardous waste, and if generated, will dispose of waste properly
All users must provide a list of any chemicals they wish to bring to the Gump Station before their arrival (see Chemical Register form) including a plan for their safe use, temporary storage at the Station, and their disposal. Users must be appropriately trained (at their home institution) in the use of the chemical. Users should have Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all hazardous materials they will be working with and bring Personal Protective Equipment required for the safe use of the chemical.
All chemicals brought into Gump Station must be registered on the Chemical Register in advance of their arrival. Any non-domestic waste (i.e., chemical or other waste that cannot be thrown out with municipal garbage) generated during a project or class must be listed on the Waste Register.
In general, all chemicals must be removed when the user leaves. For long-term projects, users must ensure that the chemicals are appropriately stored in between visits. All chemicals at the Station must be clearly and permanently marked with:
- what they are (name and a catalogue reference number),
- date they were brought to lab, and
- who is responsible for them.
Chemicals must be stored in suitable location. Hoods are NOT appropriate place for long-term storage. Any chemicals not appropriately stored or managed may be removed at the user’s expense. Users are responsible for arranging disposal of any chemicals/waste that they do not take home with them. The Station works with a local chemical waste disposal company on Tahiti and may bill users (Pass Through charge) for any expenses incurred.