This is a terrific idea, Ralph. I have never seen a training lab in a university before but I did some work for a pharmaceutical company who had such a lab for training. It was run by their QC department but the training sessions had a major safety components including: the operation of the fume hood, same for a BSC, plus they also had storage cabinets (for flammables, acids, etc) and a collection of (empty) reagent bottles that trainees were asked to place in the correct compartment.
Wayne Wood | Associate Director, University Safety (EHS) - Directeur Adjoint, Direction de la pre´vention (SSE), Services universitaires | McGill University | 3610 McTavish Street, 4th floor | Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y2 | Tel: (514) 398-2391 | Fax: (514) 398-8047
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Ralph B Stuart
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:04 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Hands on training module?
We have a laboratory space with a fume hood and a biosafety cabinet available for use as a hands-on safety training location for lab workers. We are in the process of developing a training syllabus for a 2 hour training module that addresses both biosafety and chemical safety issues at a basic level (proper use of ventilation equipment, selection of PPE, spill clean-up, etc.).
The question came up as to whether other schools have developed similar training sessions and what they might be including in this setting. If anyone has developed such a program and is willing to share lessons learned from this experience, we'd appreciate any words of wisdom you have.
Thanks for your help with this.
Ralph Stuart CIH
Laboratory Ventilation Specialist
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
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