Within 30 days of employment, complete the PBEE Safety Training Exam and provide a hard copy to the administrative assistant in the PBEE office. He/She will send a copy to EHS.
The Laboratory Environmental Audit checklist is useful to assess the level of safety in a lab.
Know where to find and use these emergency items:
fire extinguisherEach lab must have readily available
first aid kit
a chemical inventory list (CIL; available online) which must be updated as chemicals are received or disposed of.ALL chemical containers MUST be labeled with
a contingency plan (emergency information)
chemical ingredients & concentrationsNFPA/HMIS Hazard labels (available in 301 PS) tell you about the hazards associated with a chemical
name/initials of responsible person
required protective gear (goggles, gloves)
(0= low risk, 4 = severe risk)
= oxidizer (avoid combustibles)
|= carcinogen (cancer-causing)||= biohazard|
W = avoid water
ALK = alkali
Store oxidizers (nitrates/-ites, peroxides, chromates, iodates) separately, away from combustibles.
YOU must request an MSDS (material safety data sheet) from retailer each time you purchase a chemical. MSDSs for the PBEE labs in Life Sciences East are stored prominently in LSE 022 where they are ALWAYS accessible. MSDSs for PBEE labs in the Henry Bellmon Research Center (HBRC) and Physical Sciences (PS) will be kept in the individual labs.
Searchable Online MSDS database
MSDS = name(s) of ingredient(s), CAS# (chemical abstract servive) + ...
- physical & fire/explosion data, NFPA #s
- health effects & first aid
- reactivity, incompatibility, polymerization
- storage & disposal procedures
- conditions to avoid (what NOT to do with this chemical)
- spill & leak procedures
- protective equipment
Common "clean" waste acids/bases may go down drain ONLY after neutralizing to pH 6-8 w/ compatible acid/base. Organic solvents, heavy metals, etc. should NEVER be poured down the drain. Store compatible waste solvents, toxics in appropriate small (<4 L), labeled container.
Label full containers w/ orange hazardous chemical surplus tag (obtain from 301 PS).
To remove chemicals, fill out a Request For Chemical Removal form. Give it to the administrative assistant in the main office. He/she will obtain the department head's signature and send it on to EHS.
An employee exposure report must be filed within 24 hours after ANY incident. Keep the original in the lab. Give a copy to the administrative assistant in the PBEE office, who will then mail a copy to EHS.