From: "Chance, Brandon" <bchance**At_Symbol_Here**MAIL.SMU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Thought question: Chemical safety for biologists
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:00:21 +0000
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While it may be overkill for some, for consistency, anyone working in an SMU research lab (non-computational) is required to go through the full lab safety training. With specific hazards changing constantly due to new literature and techniques, I would rather over-teach to cover a variety of situations. In many cases, this will be the students first safety training ever, and I feel strongly about setting a good foundation so that when they leave SMU to move on to their next endeavor, they are confident in their lab safety background and take some of this knowledge with them to their next stop.

Specifically for biological researchers, one of the faculty currently presents a safety training each August to all incoming research students. My office is developing a centralized biosafety training to supplement this and plan to roll it out this year. This training covers hazards that are more specific for our biology students, whereas the general, full scale training applies to anyone working with chemicals, compressed gases, cryogenics, etc.


Brandon S. Chance, M.S., CCHO
Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Risk Management
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750231 | Dallas, TX 75275-0231
T) 214.768.2430 | M) 469-978-8664

"‰?| our job in safety is to make the task happen, SAFELY; not to interfere with the work‰?|" Neal Langerman

On 3/22/16, 12:29 PM, "DCHAS-L Discussion List on behalf of Stuart, Ralph" 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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