Safe, Green Labs
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What is a Laboratory?
- Chemical manipulations are carried out on a “laboratory scale” (i.e., work with substances in which the containers used for reactions, transfers, and other handling of substances is designed to be easily handled by one person);
- Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used;
- The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor do they in any way simulate a production process; and
- "Protective laboratory practices and equipment” are available and in common use to minimize the potential for worker exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Lab Safety Manual
Laboratory Safety Manual
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides a Laboratory Safety Manual (Chemical Hygiene Plan) consistent with the requirements of OSHA's Laboratory Standard. Click here for sections 1 - 4.2.13, or here for sections 4.3 - 10.
Please refer to the electronic copy to ensure you have the current revision.
Chemical Fume Hoods
Working with Small Animals
Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Laboratories
Cryogens and Dry Ice
Laboratory Safety Training provides an overview of safety requirements for laboratory workers. The course covers all materials required for:
- General Laboratory Safety
- Hazard Communication/GHS
- Radiation Safety Awareness
- Biological Safety
- Waste Management
The training is required for all personnel who work in a lab with hazardous chemicals.
- emergency procedures,
- OSHA Lab Safety Standard,
- health and physical hazards,
- routes of exposure,
- signs and symptoms of exposure,
- recognition and mitigation of laboratory hazards,
- use of engineering controls,
- use of administrative controls, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs),
- use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),
- waste management,
- housekeeping, and
Additional Training Resources
Dow Chemical Lab Safety Academy
Dow Chemical is a world-wide leader in safety. Their commitment to safety has led them to create a variety of Laboratory Safety Modules. View their training modules to obtain general information on the following series of topics. Each series contains 9 to 10 specific modules.
- Safety and orientation training
- Specialized topics
- Plan, evacuate, & execute
- Sustainable Safety Culture
Laboratory Safety Training Handouts
A new online option is available to complete Laboratory Safety. You can access by visiting our Environmental Health and Safety Pilot course. The Lab Safety Workspace website (http://labsafetyworkspace.org) provides online training videos regarding lab safety. This online module contains an “Introduction to Laboratory Safety video” and contains a short quiz at the end.
You will receive printable certificates upon course completion. These certificates from LabSafetyWorkspace.org are evidence that the student or laboratory personnel demonstrate fundamental knowledge of lab safety best practices, and can use the site’s validation mechanism to confirm a certificate’s authenticity.
- To access the training visit LabSafetyWorkspace.org
- Register or login to your account.
- Click on the Course Directory and select Introduction to Lab Safety.
- View the course content (115-minute video)
- Take the Quiz (20-25 questions)
- Upload your certificate or certificate ID to Lab Safety Workspace Certificate Dropbox in the Environmental Health and Safety Pilot course. You will not receive "credit" for the training course until we receive notification from you.
Marjorie Markopoulos (email@example.com) 937-775-2797
Greg Merkle (firstname.lastname@example.org) 937-775-2217
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Links (OSHA)
Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards provides guidance on planning procedures for the handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Prudent Practices provides information on assessing hazards, managing chemicals, disposing of wastes, nanotechnology, laboratory security, and emergency planning.
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) collects and makes available a compilation of laboratory safety incidents which may be used by health and safety professionals, faculty, supervisors, students and any others who may benefit from these "lessons learned".
Please refer to the following documents:
Hazardous Material Inventory
Visit the Environmental Health and Safety Chemical Inventory page to enter information.
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