University Human Resources
Part IV: General Rules
- The use of chemicals for opening drains is discouraged. Only authorized personnel will use chemical drain openers and will exercise caution in their use.
- When any type of anti-clog chemical is used, you must wear eye protection and take precautions to keep the chemical off your skin. Have good ventilation when using any type of drain cleaner. Dispose of all chemical containers so that no other person will come in contact with them.
- Lead has been a commonly used material in plumbing operations. Whenever lead is being removed, local exhaust ventilation is necessary. Use of an approved respirator is necessary whenever lead is heated. At no time shall a lead trap be soldered or repaired. Lead traps shall not be melted down for any purpose. Such materials shall be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of in an approved manner.
- Caution should be used when operating a “snake.” The operator of the drain auger must be alert at all times to the person feeding the spring so that they do not become entangled in it.
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