Dear DCHAS-L colleagues:
The (U.S.) National Library of Medicine has a web guide to laboratory safety ( http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/labsafety.html ). It links to resources that we have reviewed and believe to be authoritative, accurate, current, educational and free. The guide includes a section on K-12 School Laboratory Safety (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/labsafety.html#a4). Please feel free to take a look at the K-12 and other content. Also, let us know if you have other resources to suggest. You can contact Ms. Stephanie Publicker (publicks**At_Symbol_Here**nih.gov ) or me.
Pertti (Bert) J. Hakkinen, Ph.D.
Acting Head, Office of Clinical Toxicology
Specialized Information Services
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
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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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