Protocol for transporting hazardous or potentially hazardous material using public elevator 3

As a result of the freight elevator being out of service, the following procedures have been put into place to allow you to continue transporting hazardous or potentially hazardous material (e.g., liquid nitrogen Dewars, gas cylinders, chemicals).

You must adhere to these procedures in order to minimize risks and maintain a healthy and safe environment for you and those around you.

In all cases:

  1. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment: safety glasses, lab coat, footwear with closed toe and heel.
  2. Use only elevator 3 to transport material.
  3. Do not allow individuals not actively transporting material in the elevator during the transport.
  4. If passengers are waiting for the elevator, kindly inform them that no passenger not actively involved in transport can be present.
  5. Once in elevator 3, fully extend and secure the retractable crowd control belt to indicate no entry.
  6. Transport material only during class times (i.e., while students are in class) and not when students are making their way to and from classes.
  7. Always use the C-block corridor that runs towards the back of the C03 auditorium to transport material to the elevator .
  8. Do not use the main ramp next to staircase C and room C010—use only the ramp leading from Block C to Block B.
A bird view of the path to get to the elevator
Transporting liquid nitrogen Dewars from Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010) to a lab
  1. Always use the forklift in MCG when transporting large (230 L) liquid nitrogen Dewars.
  2. Contact Leo Denner (leo.denner@uOttawa.ca, ext. 6537) in Mechanical Engineering to arrange for use of forklift.
  3. Wheel large (230 L) liquid nitrogen Dewars from Shipping & Receiving to the bottom of the ramp in Block B.
  4. Use the forklift in CBY E014 to transport the Dewar up the ramp.
  5. Ensure there is a clear and unobstructed path through Block E and Block C towards the bottom of the ramp in Block B and have several individuals positioned along the way in order to maintain the clear and unobstructed path.
  6. Secure the Dewar to the forklift using the ratchet strap provided.
  7. Remove the Dewar from the forklift only once the forklift reaches the top of the ramp, the forks are level to the ground and the forklift has come to a complete stop.
  8. To bring a Dewar to an upper-level lab, use only elevator 3.
  9. Allow only authorized personnel in elevator 3 with the Dewar (no passenger not actively involved in transport can be present).
  10. Once in elevator 3, fully extend and secure the retractable crowd control belt to indicate no entry.
  11. If the elevator stops at a floor prior to arriving at your destination, kindly remind any individuals wishing to get on the elevator that they are not permitted to enter.
  12. If you experience an emergency, use the elevator’s emergency phone to contact Protection Services (ext. 5411) to inform them of the emergency.
Transporting liquid nitrogen Dewars from a lab to Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010)
  1. Contact Leo Denner (leo.denner@uOttawa.ca, ext. 6537) in Mechanical Engineering in advance to arrange for use of forklift to bring the Dewar down the ramp in Block B.
  2. Always ensure three individuals are present during the transport of a 230 L Dewar from a lab to Shipping & Receiving.
  3. Use only elevator 3 to transport a Dewar.
  4. Wheel the Dewar to the elevator and enter only once all passengers have exited the elevator.
  5. Once in elevator 3, fully extend and secure the retractable crowd control belt to indicate no entry.
  6. If the elevator stops at a floor prior to arriving at your destination, kindly remind any individuals wishing to enter the elevator that they are not permitted to enter.
  7. If you experience an emergency, use the elevator’s emergency phone to contact Protection Services (ext. 5411) to inform them of the emergency.
  8. Once you arrive at your floor, wheel the Dewar to the top of the ramp to meet the individual with the forklift.
  9. Secure the Dewar to the forklift using the ratchet strap provided.
  10. Ensure there is an individual at the top and the bottom of the ramp. Important: Use caution. The door to the tunnel, normally in the closed position, will open outwards.
  11. Remove the Dewar from the forklift only once the forklift reaches the bottom of the ramp, the forks are level with the ground and the forklift has come to a complete stop.
  12. Wheel the Dewar to Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010).
Transporting compressed gas cylinders to a lab from Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010)
  1. Three individuals must be present for the transportation of compressed gas cylinders.
  2. Use only the handcart that accommodates two cylinders—no other handcart is permitted.
  3. If transporting two cylinders to the bottom of the ramp, use only the ramp leading from Block B to Block C.
  4. Transport only one cylinder up the ramp at a time.
  5. If you are transporting only one cylinder, continue to your destination.
  6. If transporting two cylinders, remove the first cylinder from the handcart once you are at the top of the ramp and secure it to the wall with the chains before transporting the second cylinder up the ramp.
  7. When transporting a cylinder up the ramp, ensure one individual is stationed at the bottom of the ramp to watch for pedestrians arriving from the tunnel while the other two individuals are moving the cart on the ramp. Important: There must always be two individuals moving the cart up the ramp, never only one. Always move backwards with the handcart in front of you.
  8. If you are transporting two cylinders, once you arrive at the top of the ramp, remove the cylinder from the handcart and secure it to the wall with the chains then return to retrieve the second cylinder.
  9. When retrieving the second cylinder, ensure one individual is stationed at the bottom of the ramp to watch for pedestrians arriving from the tunnel while the other two individuals move the cart up the ramp.
  10. Once you arrive the top of the ramp with the second cylinder, retrieve the first cylinder that is secured to the wall, place it on the handcart next to the second cylinder, secure it in place and continue to your destination.
  11. If transporting on the elevator, use elevator 3.
  12. If passengers are waiting for the elevator, inform them that you need to use the elevator and that only the three individuals transporting the cylinder can board.
  13. If passengers are in the elevator when it arrives, inform them they must exit to allow for transportation of the cylinder(s).
  14. Enter the elevator and secure the handcart using the chains provided.
  15. Fully extend and secure the retractable crowd control belt to indicate no entry.
  16. If you experience an emergency, use the elevator’s emergency phone to contact Protection Services (ext. 5411) to inform them of the emergency.
  17. Once you arrive at your floor, wheel the cart to your lab, remove the cylinder(s) and secure them appropriately.
Transporting empty compressed gas cylinders from a lab to Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010)
  1. Before transporting empty cylinders, ensure the caps are secure and that there are three individuals present for transportation.
  2. Place the empty cylinder(s) on the handcart, secure them in place and push the handcart to elevator 3.
  3. If passengers are in the elevator when it arrives, inform them they must exit to allow for transportation of the cylinder(s).
  4. Enter the elevator and secure the handcart using the chains provided.
  5. Fully extend and secure the retractable crowd control belt to indicate no entry.
  6. Once you arrive at the lower ground level (LG), remove the chains from the handcart, exit the elevator and push the handcart towards the ramp in Block B.When transporting a cylinder down the ramp, ensure one individual is stationed at the bottom of the ramp to watch for pedestrians arriving from the tunnel while the other two individuals are moving the cart on the ramp. Important: There must always be two individuals moving the cart down the ramp, never only one. Always move backwards with the handcart in front of you.
  7. If you are transporting two cylinders, once you arrive at the bottom of the ramp, remove the first cylinder from the handcart and secure it to the wall with the chains and then return to retrieve the second cylinder.
  8. When retrieving the second cylinder, ensure one individual is stationed at the bottom of the ramp to watch for pedestrians arriving from the tunnel while the other two individuals move the cart down the ramp.
  9. Once you arrive at the bottom of the ramp, place the first cylinder on the cart, secure it in place and push the cart through the corridor to CBY Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010).
Transporting chemicals
  1. Evaluate the size of the load to determine whether one or two individuals are required to transport the cart up the ramp in Block B.
  2. Use a cart with elevated sides around the top shelf; bring gloves for each individual and a spill kit—be sure you know how to use the spill kit.
  3. Regardless of the load size, place the chemical(s) in a puncture- and leak-proof secondary container with an absorbent pad on the bottom of the container.
  4. If passengers are waiting for the elevator, inform them that you need to use the elevator and that only the three individuals transporting the chemicals can board.
  5. If there are passengers in the elevator when it arrives, inform them they must exit to allow for transportation of the chemicals.
  6. Enter the elevator and secure the cart using the chains provided.
  7. Fully extend and secure the retractable crowd control belt to indicate no entry.
  8. If the elevator stops at a floor prior to arriving at your destination, kindly remind any individuals wishing to get on the elevator that they are not permitted to enter.
  9. If you experience an emergency, use the elevator’s emergency phone to contact Protection Services (ext. 5411) to inform them of the emergency.
  10. Once you arrive at your floor, wheel the cart to your destination.
  11. Return the cart to Shipping & Receiving (CBY E010) immediately after you have finished transporting the chemicals.
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