Laboratory Hazard Assessment, Personal Protective Equipment Use, and Policy on Working Alone in the Laboratory



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Laboratory Hazard Assessment,

Personal Protective Equipment Use, and

Policy on Working Alone in the Laboratory

All undergraduate research students, Work-Study students, teaching assistants, post-doctoral scholars and research staff must complete this document on an annual basis to insure 1) knowledge of the hazards that may be encountered in the chemistry and biochemistry teaching and research laboratories; 2) knowledge of how personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to avoid injury.


NAME _____________________________________ EMAIL __________________________________
FACULTY MENTOR/SUPERVISOR _________________________________________________________
Part 1) Attend department safety training Initials _________
Part 2) Hazard identification

Review the potential chemical hazards and the recommended Personal Protective Equipment guidelines on page 2 of this document.

Initials _________

Part 3) General training for Personal Protective Equipment

Watch and review the video on “Outfit for Safety” (UCSD) regarding Personal Protective Equipment and laboratory safety. URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXmG8mjUviI

Initials _________

Part 4) Lab specific training

With the faculty advisor, supervisor or lab safety officer:

Discuss what types of PPE are used in the lab.

Discuss when PPE is necessary in the lab.

Discuss how to obtain and wear PPE for this lab.

Discuss proper care and disposal of the PPE for this lab.

Discuss the limitations of the PPE for this lab.

Discuss the proper PPE practices (not wearing gloves outside of lab hazard areas, etc.).


Initials _________

Part 5) Work Alone Policy

Undergraduates (research students, Work-Study students and TAs) can work alone with dangerous materials, equipment or perform laboratory operations only after having received the consent and with the knowledge of the research advisor or supervisor. Where possible, students shall arrange their schedules to work in lab when another person is also in the lab. Students may not work alone after hours (evenings or when the advisor/supervisor is not present), or on weekends unless given explicit permission by the research advisor for those specific days/times.

Initials _________

Part 6) Documentation

This form is submitted to Desiree Harpe (SCST375), department executive assistant who will provide copies of both pages of this signed document to the (1) student researcher, (2) the faculty research mentor, (3) Danny Rillera, the department safety officer, and (4) Starla Tudor, the building manager.



Laboratory Hazard Assessment, Personal Protective Equipment Use,

and Policy on Working Alone in the Laboratory
Chemical Use Hazards

Activity

Potential Hazards

Recommended PPE

Working with small volumes

(<4 liters) of corrosive liquids.



Eye or skin damage.


Safety glasses or goggles
, light chemical-resistant gloves, lab coat.

Working with small to large volumes of acutely toxic corrosives (solid, liquid, or gas), or work that creates a splash hazard.

Poisoning, increased potential for eye or skin damage, increased potential poisoning through skin contact.

Safety goggles or face-shield
, heavy chemical-resistant gloves, lab coat, and chemical resistant apron.

Working with small volumes

(<4 liter) of organic solvents or flammable organic compounds.



Skin or eye damage, potential poisoning and/or burns through skin contact.

Safety glasses or goggles, light chemical-resistant gloves, and lab coat.

Working with large volumes

(>4 liter) of organic solvents, small to large volumes of very dangerous solvents, or work that creates a splash hazard.



Major skin or eye damage, potential poisoning and/or burns through skin contact. Fire.

Safety goggles, heavy chemical-resistant gloves, and flame-resistant lab coat
.

Working with toxic or hazardous chemicals (solid, liquid, or gas).

Poisoning, eye, skin or respiratory damage. Potentially even death from exposure to toxic chemicals.

Safety glasses (goggles for large quantities), light chemical-resistant gloves, and lab coat.

Working with an apparatus with contents under pressure or vacuum.

Eye or skin damage.




Safety glasses or goggles, face shield for high-risk activities. Chemical-resistant gloves and lab coat, chemical-resistant apron for high-risk activities.

Working with air or water reactive chemicals.

Severe skin and eye damage. Fire.

Work in inert atmosphere, when possible. Safety glasses or goggles. Chemical-resistant gloves and lab coat, flame resistant lab coat for high-risk activities. Chemical- resistant apron for high-risk activities.

Working with potentially explosive chemicals.

Splash, detonation, flying debris, skin and eye damage, fire.

Safety glasses, face shield and blast shield, heavy gloves and flame-resistant lab coat
.

Working with low and high temperatures.

Burns, splashes, fire.

Safety glasses, lab coat, and thermally insulated gloves, when needed.

Minor chemical spill cleanup.



Skin or eye damage, respiratory damage.

Safety glasses or goggles, chemical-resistant gloves, and lab coat. Chemical-resistant apron and boot/shoe covers for high-risk activities.



I understand the risks associated with working in a lab environment and will adhere to all USD and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry safety rules.

SIGNATURE ________________________________________________ DATE ________________

(Student/Staff Researcher)

SIGNATURE ________________________________________________ DATE ________________

(Faculty Advisor/Supervisor)



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