UNC EHS Training
UNC EHS Training

Food Items Areas

Due to limited space, University policy allows the PI to designate "Food Items Areas" in labs. A distance of three feet must be maintained between a "Food Items Area" and lab space where radioactive, toxic, or carcinogenic materials are used or handled.

Examine the two photos of lab refrigerators below. What's wrong with these pictures?

Meat and soft drink

In the refrigerator in photo number one, the lab has placed a package of meat in their lab refrigerator. Is this ok? Yes. This lab is using the food in their soft tissue surgery research and it is not for consumption. Food items such as this must be labeled, "Lab Use Only" or "Research Purposes Only".

In the refrigerator in photo number two, the lab is not doing research on soft drinks. Do not allow this practice in your labs.