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safety logoSee Judy, x249, about changes to your lab.
Keep pathways clear.
Seawater and 110 VAC don't mix.


Please keep in mind [These are just the mistakes we see all the time]:

  • Pathways clear: Main paths 48", minor ones 36" [evacuation]

  • Don't block: electrical panels, eye-wash/safety showers, or fire extinguishers.

  • Watch your electrical wires: Don't cross paths, wrap around anything or affix to walls, desks, etc. [electrical]

  • Don't "daisy chain" electrical cords. [electrical]

  • High amp equipment must plug directly into an outlet (NO extention cords!). [electrical]
    [including space heaters, coffee pots and toaster ovens]

  • NOTHING on top of a flammable storage cabinet. [Monterey County Rule that is enforced]

  • Watch for clutter, especially of the flammable kind [paper, boxes, etc].

  • Only one waste location per lab. Centralize your waste stream. Satellite containers should come back to main container at end of day.

  • Cylinders need to be upright and double chained to a structure that can hold them. [@ 1/3 and 2/3 tank height]

  • Sort chemicals as to storage group, not convenience.

  • Label chemical storage areas appropriately.

There is more than the above. See the rest of this safety site for specifics BEFORE making changes!

In the California "sue over everything" environment, we may need to call in a licensed person to do the work. We will handle the details for you, usually at no charge to you or your lab.


ASBESTOS does exit at Hopkins.
It is SAFE to be around as long as NOBODY DISTURBS IT!
Doing your own construction is likely to disturb it!

Let's keep Hopkins up to CODE and SAFE!

EXAMPLE: Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989,  ALL of the houses that were up to the building codes survived intact. There are valid reasons for building codes. They save lives and property.

110VAC see also Electrical,  If you are building ANYTHING that involves 110VAC, then you MUST check with:

John Lee if it is inside a piece of equipment

Judy if it involves changes to an outlet, wiring, lights, or near seawater

Several people have almost died by electrocution at Hopkins, don't be the first fatality!

badly corroded outlet

Do check the condition of equipment before using it.

Look for cracks in insulation and discoloration around electrical outlets and on cords.

Seawater is VERY conductive!

scaffolding during constructionBuilding Construction

  • Stay away unless you have been specifically asked by Judy.

  • Follow the contruction forman's lead.

  • Don't go off on your own.

  • Permission is for one time only.