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Safety: Storage, Preparation & Consumption of Food Protocol
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Storage, Preparation & Consumption of Food & Beverages in Facilities with Laboratories

(adapted from Manual 230 - updated: 12/5/2005)


In compliance with 29 CFR 1910, it is ARS policy that food and beverage storage, preparation, or consumption is forbidden in the laboratory. 

Likewise, the use of laboratory heat sources, autoclaves, ovens, microwave ovens, refrigerators, freezers, ice machines, or other equipment in the preparation/storage of food or beverages for human consumption is prohibited.  

Referenced equipment must be labeled either "food" or "no food storage".  Ice machines must be identified for either "not for human consumption" or "for human consumption". 

Food should not be stored or consumed in dirty areas such as shops, storage areas, or the like.  Appropriate corrective action, including disciplinary action, will be considered in those cases where violations of policy or Federal laws and regulations have occurred.


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Last Modified: 3/12/2010
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