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Appendix II. Safety Equipment Inventory and Maintenance Log*

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Appendix II. Safety Equipment Inventory and Maintenance Log*



First-aid kit

Chemical spill kit

Fire Extinguisher


Safety Shower

Chemical fume hood

Biosafety cabinet

Biological spill kit


*Click on the link above to print eyewash and/or safety shower checks and maintenance log.

Appendix III. Chemical Inventory*

*Click on the link above to find the template and instructions on how to develop a laboratory chemical inventory. After developing the chemical inventory, send a copy of the Excel file to jlocke@mailbox.sc.edu.

Appendix IV. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)*

Here is a summary guideline on when and how to write safety SOPs.  Write the SOP as specific as possible to your laboratory and process so that your lab personnel and anyone who is not part of your lab staff (i.e. emergency responder, EH&S) can use it effectively for process-specific safety training and emergency response.  It should clearly identify the procedure, hazards, controls , emergency plan and the persons authorized to handle/perform the procedures.

  1. If you use any substances on this list http://www.safety.duke.edu/ohs/phs.htm, a written SOP must be developed for use of the substance.  As an alternative, we can use the GHS (Globally Harmonized System) of 1 or NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) rating of 4 for toxicity, flammability or reactivity as a guide to know that a substance is particularly hazardous.

  2. If an equipment poses particular hazards (cuts, crushes, has exposed rotating parts, generates hazardous substances (chemicals, dust, etc) , uses high voltage, high magnetic field, laser, etc.) an equipment-based SOP must be developed.

  3. If an experimental procedure, although not using any particularly hazardous substances or equipment can potentially develop physical hazards (pressure, high heat, glass shards, etc), a process-based SOP must be developed.

  4. If an experimental procedure uses several different hazardous substances and/or equipment, you may decide to write one process-based SOP that addresses all the hazards involved.

  5. If an experimental procedure has complicated steps where special work practices and precautions must be observed, the written SOP must include the step-by-step experimental procedures.

  6. If an experimental procedure is conducted inside a confined space where a person goes inside while setting up, a written SOP for the confined space use must be developed.

  7. Each section of the SOP must contain brief statements but must also contain relevant details.  For example, it is not adequate to say “seek follow-up medical care”.  The SOP must say “proceed to Thompson Student Health Center at….for follow-up medical care”.  Another example, on the Circumstances of use section, it is not adequate to say “nitric acid will be used in digestion”.  SOP must say something similar to “50 ml concentrated nitric acid will be used to digest leaf samples at 200 deg. F.

Sample SOPs and SOP templates are available by sending a request to jlocke@mailbox.sc.edu.

*For more information on particularly hazardous substances and to find a list of these materials, visit http://www.safety.duke.edu/ohs/phs.htm

Appendix V. Safety Data Sheets for Particularly Hazardous Substances*

Visit the website of the supplier where the chemical was purchased from and print the safety data sheet for the chemical. In general, on-line access to safety data sheets is allowed as long as all lab personnel have access to a computer with internet when working in the laboratory. For emergency use, PRINTED safety data sheets for particularly hazardous chemicals are required. Safety data sheets that are over two years old must be discarded and replaced with the current version.
*For more information on particularly hazardous substances and to find a list of these materials, visit http://www.safety.duke.edu/ohs/phs.htm

Appendix VI. Additional Safety Manuals

These include safety and operation manuals for laboratory equipment, machines, processes, and items other than chemicals that pose particular hazards. These resource materials may be kept in a separate file. Indicate the location of these files in this section.

Appendix VII. Specific Laboratory Emergency Procedures*

*Click on the link above to use a template for developing laboratory-specific emergency procedures. These documents describe in detail what to do in the event that an emergency such as fire, chemical release, chemical exposure and others occur in the laboratory.

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