From: Bob Hill <roberth_hill**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] looking for fire safety examples for training class
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:54:23 -0400
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Kim, you might want to look at our book "Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students" (Robert Hill and David Finster), by Wiley.  It talks about the hazards of flammables, the fire triangle, and being prepared for emergencies.  It also has incidents to illustrate hazards.  Our book uses "RAMP" - Recognize hazards, Assess the risks of hazards, Minimize the risks of hazards, and Prepare for emergencies.  Thanks. Bob

-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Gates
Sent: Aug 9, 2013 2:13 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] looking for fire safety examples for training class

I'm looking for examples of fire safety/response in labs for my Fall Semester new Grad Student training. I'd like to include a few fire safety responses that people who've been working in labs for many years know, but a new student wouldn't know unless they were told. I'm hoping DCHAS members can help!

We have had a few small, incidental fires in labs over the past few years. Many times its a new lab worker who isn't familiar with lab techniques involving bunsen burners. Example - a small beaker of ethanol caught on fire & the lab worker panicked and tossed the beaker across the bench into the sink. A better response would be to cover the beaker with fire resistant glass/metal and let the flame extinguish. Another example is a single paper towel caught on fire from the bunsen burner and the student panicked and tossed it into the trash. A better response would be to drop it to the floor and step on it or toss it into the sink (which was next to this example) if nearby and pour water on it. 

The main thing to pass on to the students is that if they are working with something (e.g., bunsen burner open flames) that has the potential to catch on fire, they need to be prepared, stay calm, and react safely. 

They also need to know that if the fire is larger than these incidental fire examples, to exit the lab and pull the fire alarm.

If you have other examples, please pass them along - I'm planning on adding a slide to the lab safety training for this.

I will compile the list & repost to share.

Thanks for all your help! 

Kim Gates
Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
FAX: 631-632-9683
EH&S Web site:

Please note my name and email have changed.

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