Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 09:45:24 -0500
Reply-To: "Jacqueline Schryer (Jackie)" <j.l.schryer**At_Symbol_Here**LARC.NASA.GOV>
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From: "Jacqueline Schryer (Jackie)" <j.l.schryer**At_Symbol_Here**LARC.NASA.GOV>
Subject: Re: Safety course material
Comments: To: Joe Crockett
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How about other resources when the MSDS is not enough. Many of the
MSDSs I work with only list N/A in many of the catagories.

How hoods and other safety equipment work, and how to tell if they
are working correctly; maintanence and (minor) repair of such
equipment; replacement filters, types, etc. How to read spec sheets
for equipment used in the lab. Calibration of gas monitors.

Clean room techniques. Classes of clean rooms.

What NOT to wear or take into the lab, e.g. sandals (my personal pet
peeve), food, sodas, water; sleeve issues; hair issues.

Storage and disposal of chemicals. How to keep track of what you've
got.  How to turn a very hazardous substance into a less hazardous
one. How to find out if you don't know.

There is a lot to know, and you can't teach it all in detail, but an
awareness of these issues is important.

Jackie Schryer


At 8:00 AM -0500 3/16/04, Joe Crockett wrote:
>I am in the process of setting up a specific safety course that will be
>required of all of our chemistry lab students. We have a set of guidelines
>in place, and go over them with the students, but have not formalized the
>training into a course with credit.
>Some specifics that I'm considering are
>-being able to get data from an MSDS
>-safety exits
>-chemical handling
>-reading our hazard system (we use a system built on the NFPA diamond that
>works for our freshmen and sophomores)
>-lab protection - goggles. clothing, etc
>-lab behavior
>What other topics should/could be covered? Our system of chemical labeling
>is basic, but I think it works. If someone needs a system or would like to
>pick mine apart - let me know and I'll send you the information.
>Joe Crockett
>"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called
>research, would it?" - Albert Einstein
>Joseph M Crockett
>Professor of Chemistry
>Bridgewater College of Virginia
>Bridgewater, VA 22812
>McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics - Office 307



Jackie Schryer
NASA Langley Research Center
MS 493
Hampton VA  23681

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