Laboratory Safety

by on January 6, 2015
Posted in Safety

Course Objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with principles and techniques of safety of laboratories. The course will help them in recognizing hazards in laboratories and improve reliability and reduce risk.



Who should attend: All people working in laboratories. All attendees should have a technical background and/or technical experience and a fair to good command of English.



Course Outline
  1. The Culture of Laboratory Safety

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 The New Culture of Laboratory Safety

    1.3 Responsibility and Accountability for Laboratory Safety

    1.4 The Safety Culture in Industry

    1.5 Factors That Are Changing the Culture of Safety

  1. Prudent Planning of Experiments

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Levels of Formality in Experiment Planning

    2.3 Individual Responsibilities for Planning Experiments

    2.4 Institutional Policies and Emergency Response Planning

    2.5 Steps for Planning an Experiment

  1. Evaluating Hazards and Assessing Risks in the Laboratory

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Sources of Information

    3.3 Toxic Effects of Laboratory Chemicals

    3.4 Flammable, Reactive, and Explosive Hazards

    3.5 Physical Hazards

4 Management of Chemicals

    4.1 Source Reduction

    4.2 Acquisition of Chemicals

    4.3 Inventory and Tracking of Chemicals

    4.4 Storage of Chemicals in Stockrooms and Laboratories

    4.5 Recycling Of Chemicals, Containers, And Packaging

  1. Working with Chemicals

     5.1 Introduction

     5.2 General Procedures for Working with Hazardous Chemicals

  1. Laboratory Equipment

     6.1 Introduction

     6.2 Working with Water-Cooled Equipment

     6.3 Working with Electrically Powered Laboratory Equipment

     6.4 Vacuum Pumps 

     6.5 Refrigerators and Freezers

     6.6 Stirring and Mixing Devices

     6.7 Heating Devices

6.8 Ovens

6.9 Hot Plates

6.10 Heating Mantles

6.11 Oil, Salt, and Sand Baths

6.12 Hot Air Baths and Tube Furnaces

6.13 Heat Guns

6.14 Microwave Ovens

6.15 Centrifuges

6.16 Electrical Instruments

6.17 Rotating Equipment and Moving Parts

6.18 Cutting and Puncturing Tools

6.19 Pressure Vessels

  1. 20 Cold Traps and Cold Baths

6.21 Vacuum Work and Apparatus

6.22 Glass Vessels

6.23 Dewar Flasks

6.24 Desiccators

6.25 Rotary Evaporators

  1. Hazards

     7.1 Noise Extremes

     7.2 Cuts, Slips, Trips, and Falls

     7.3 Ergonomics and Lifting

  1. Safety and Emergency Equipment

8.1 General

8.2 Spill Control Kits and Cleanup

8.3 Safety Shields

8.4 Fire & Safety Equipment

  1. Emergency Procedures
  2. Disposal of Waste

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Disposal Options

  1. Laboratory Facilities

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Laboratory Inspection Programs

11.3 Laboratory Ventilation

11.4 Room Pressure Control Systems

  1. Special Systems

12.1 Glove Boxes

12.2 Clean Rooms

12.3 Environmental Rooms and Special Testing Laboratories

12.4 Biological Safety Cabinets and Biosafety Facilities

12.5 Maintenance of Ventilation Systems


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