I firmly believe that your biologists should receive all of the safety information that you list in your email. To that end, I have developed a "Laboratory Safety Manual" that is used by biologists, chemists, et al within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at WVU.
The manual covers topics from "Principles of Laboratory Safety" to "SOPs" to "Engineering Controls" to "Compressed Gas Safety". Biologists use gas cylinders for various applications in their research.
I encourage you to teach them as much as possible about the importance of reading the SDS prior to work and to wear the appropriate PPE.
Barbara L. Foster
College Safety Officer
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
West Virginia University
DCHAS Fellow - American Chemical Society
Teach safety and work safely!
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:29 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Thought question: Chemical safety for biologists
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 Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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