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Laboratory Safety for Lab TAs

This presentation is used in Safety training for Chemistry Lab TA's.

Brad Lawrence

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Laboratory Safety for Lab TAs

Topics for Training
Fire Blanket
Fire Extinguisher
Fire Alarm
Safety Shower
First Aid Kit More than just for burning clothing
"Contain and Control"
Privacy Screen Fire Blanket Fire Extinguisher P.A.S.S.
Sweep A few Notes: If an acid or base is spilled:
Cover with baking soda until no longer reacting
Sweep up and put in garbage Spill Control Safety Shower/Eyewash You will need to help the student by holding the water.
Organize other students to get fire blanket and create privacy screen.
If in the eyes, make sure student is holding lids open and moving the eye around.
Check for contact lenses and remove them.
If on the body remove affected clothing and rinse off thoroughly. MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets
Safety information about chemicals.
It's always a good idea to review the MSDS for a chemical before you use it.
They are located in the Stockroom or on the manufacturer's website.
There is a lot of information, but there are some things that you might want to pay close attention to ... Hazards
First Aid Measures
Accidental Release Measures
Exposure Controls and PPE Sections to watch for: The is a lot more information, don't just stop there, knowledge is power, the more you know, the more prepared you will be in the event of a disaster! "And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit [safety infractions]; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them. But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves ..." Mosiah 4: 29-30

"O be wise; what can I say more?" Jacob 6:12 To conclude with some words of the Prophets Sample MSDS:
http://www.avantormaterials.com/documents/MSDS/USA/English/S3338_msds_us_cov_Default.pdf First Aid Kits There are 2, they are located:
Stockroom (south wall)
282A (Mini Stockroom) on the wall by the door The First Aid kits contain bandages and other items
These kits should only be used for minor cuts and burns
Anything more serious needs professional assistance
Accompany the student to the Health Center
Call an ambulance if they are not fit to move When do I take a student to the Health Center or call an ambulance?
When they are not behaving normally
When they are unresponsive
If there is any injury that you are not comfortable treating with available resources. Alarms: If there is a fire, but no alarm, evacuate, and activate a fire alarm pull station on your way out.
If there is an alarm, stop lab and get out, no questions or hesitating! A slight change from the video, if you see a fire or hear an alarm, GET OUT NOW!
A Fire extinguisher is to primarily ensure your exit is clear, not to put out a fire.
Once evacuated, if fire is still manageable, you may try to put it out. Evacuation: Find your lab and learn your evacuation route! Every lab requires:
Splash goggles
Appropriate clothing
closed toed shoes
hair pulled back
no loose clothing PPE: (Personal Protective Equipment)
There is always a PPE requirement for a lab, some more than others. Some labs may require:
fume hood
lab coat
etc. (check MSDS for chemicals used) They are located on the lab benches. These are by the large sinks in the lab. Everyone should meet in the quad after evacuation. Fire extinguishers are usually located by one of the doors.
Find the one for you lab in the upcoming map.
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