Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:56:08 -0500
Reply-To: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
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From: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
Subject: Re: technique guidance/training suggestions?
Comments: To: Russell Vernon

There's my all-time favorite, dumping flammable solvents (or other hazardous chemicals, for that matter) into the sink, rather than in the proper waste container. I have a habit of dousing matches under the faucet to make sure they're out cold. Once upon a time, when I was in organic chemistry lab, I went to do just that when the sink suddenly b urst into flames. I barely got my hand out of the way. Then, the arrogant student next to me (who had dumped ethyl ether into the sink in the first place, instead of walking the 15-20 feet to the solvent waste jug under the fume hood) had the gall to complain that I was going to burn his product. Luckily, our TA loved to play with the fire extinguisher. (He was apparently well-trained, to go back to a previous discussion.) No one was hurt and neither was the other student's product.
- Diane Amell, MNOSHA

>>> Russell Vernon <russell. vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU> 10/7/2009 5:07 PM >>>

Dear Chemists and other Lab Safety Professionals,

I'm interested in compiling a list of lab techniques that result in accidents or injuries.

The classic example is the insertion of a thermometer or glass tube through a rubber or cork stopper.

In the end I plan to steal or develop written guidance to address these techniques.

There is a real possibility "we" will be able to create short videos to teach folks the safe way to do this work.

To start, here are some ideas:

Bending glass

Creating capillary tubes

Running a flash column

Quenching a solvent drying still bottom

Storing chemicals (segregating by hazard class)opening micro centrifugation tubes without creating aerosols)

And many more.

Some existing videos from Aldrich are:

http://w videos.html 


and from others: rs/esi/2002/Biology/Projects/lab_skills/ls7/ so/biology/resources/centrifugation.html

who knows, we might even be able to deliver videos them via iPhones J

I will compile the responses and place the list on our website



Russell Vernon, Ph.D.
Laboratory / Research Safety Specialist, Integrated Waste Manager
Health & Safety
University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521


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