We are about to wrap up 12 sessions of training for our police department. I see the two situations as quite similar, with benefits to the opportunity to work with students.
People who are not going to be working with hazardous materials but go into places where other people may use hazmats need awareness training about the places they are going. If they are going to multiple labs you may need to cover chemicals, radiation, biohazards, laser, etc. In my training I did a risk assessment for each topic, generically discussing the hazards and the administrative and engineering controls in place. The people whose labs the students will visit need to have some input about the specific hazards to be encountered, and/or should plan to do lab specific safety training for any activities in which the students will engage. I think it's a great opportunity to talk about risk itself, the controls in place, and not worry about the definition of a flammable liquid, etc. It's also good to talk about signs, pictograms and SDSs. It's a great opportunity to introduce the concept of safety culture (or whatever you want to call it).
And of course PPE (giving them what they need for the visits) and evacuation routes.
My two cents.
Director, Office of Environmental Health and Safety
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Ralph B Stuart
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 8:56 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Short term lab students safety orientation?
At Cornell, as at many campuses, we host a variety of high school age visitors to research labs for short periods of time (i.e. less than a week). Last year, shortly before one such summer event, someone pointed out to the organizer of one of these groups (which brings about 1000 4H students to campus) that people in research labs should have appropriate safety training. With short notice, we recommended our standard lab safety training, which is at a level of detail that isn't appropriate for this audience.
Generically speaking, these students visit a variety of labs for about 3 days to see science in action and hear about research in fields of interest. They may or may not have any hands on activities.
Has anyone developed an appropriate lab safety orientation for this type of group? I'd be interested in hearing about best practices for this kind of training; it sounds like I would have about 30 minutes to provide a presentation to those groups whose hosts would like safety support for these visits.
Thanks for any thoughts on this.
Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety Cornell University
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