From: Samantha D <samantha.dannenberg**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Thought question: Chemical safety for biologists
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:51:44 -0600
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I did chemical safety in a psychology lab (it was a mouse lab, needless to say there was a lot of bio and neuro involved). I realized that my cohorts did not know anything about chemistry and that's actually how I got into safety (my background is in chemistry).

Anyway, the main thing that I focused on was teaching them about chemical separation. it's extremely important and it's knowledge that can be used in other classes and at home (with household cleaners).

I just made decisions about gloves and/or made it clear that with THIS chemical you use THESE gloves. There's a certain point where there's just too much information.

I think I would add the part about the GHS pictograms, it's universal and it can only help.

Samantha Lushtak

Environmental, Health and Safety Engineer / Atmel Corporation

Tel: (719) 540.1019 / Mobile: (719) 301.8271 / Fax: (719) 540.1313

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On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 11:29 AM, Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
I have a question that I'd like input from the DCHAS community on:
The quick version is:
What information about chemical safety do biologists need to know?

The longer version of the question is that I'm working with the KSC undergrad biology lab coordinator to develop introductory lab safety training for biology research students who work with a relatively limited suite of chemicals, some of which are flammables, others of which are significantly toxic, many of which are neither.
- For example, do these students need to hear about all of the GHS hazard classes in the 1.5 hours available for the training?
- What kind of information do they need about chemical resistance of lab gloves?
- How much detail do they need to understand best practices for chemical storage cabinets and use of other lab ventilation devices?

Thanks for any help with thinking this through.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College


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