Basic Lab/Field/Office Safety Worksheet

Required of all people BEFORE work begins. Must Pass & Submit to get keys.
NOTE: This worksheet does not replace courses offered by EH&S on Stanford main campus. It is designed to be an introduction to the Hopkins Safety web site and safety issues at Hopkins Marine Station. Additional safety training may be needed for some activities/locations.

Questions below all relate to things that have happened here. Let's begin:

Name : (both first and last name please)
Work area:
Email: (Stanford is preferred if you have one)
While at Hopkins Marine Station I will be: paid/enrolled by/at Stanford as: facultypostdocgradugradstaff/techtemp <20hrs/wk
not paid/enrolled by/at Stanford as: intern and/or student helpervisitor from another institution

Score must be 100% before SUBMIT button becomes active. Pressing the Score button will show which ones are right/wrong.

Every fifth time the Score button is pressed the worksheet will reset (if less than 100%) to cut down on guessing.

Answers may be found on the [safety page] indicated at the end of each question. Pay attention: Knowing this material may save lives.

1) I have a solution of hydrochloric acid at pH 2. Is it alright to flush down the sink?
noyesyes, if I add baking soda to neutralize
2) I am using 100% Ethanol to isolate DNA. Is it okay to store in a refrigerator?
yes, if in a sealed metal can
only if in a flame proof refrigerator or freezer
3) What agencies may help Hopkins to remain a safe working place?
Monterey County Health Department
Pacific Grove Fire Department
Stanford Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)
All of the above
4) Who are the two emergency coordinators? [home page]
Judy Thompson
any professor
Chris Patton
Judy and Chris
Judy, Chris and any professor
5) Which of these have happened at Hopkins? [emergencies-emergency response]
personal Injuries
fires, spills & gas leaks
all of the above
6) I need safety information on a new chemical I am using. Which of these might be helpful places to look? [hazards-chemical haz search & common sense]
Life Safety Box
the container itself
knowledgeable person
athopkins safety website
all of the above
7) What information needs to be on ALL chemical containers? [protection-labels]
solid, liquid or gas
name and hazards
who made the material
maker (company or person), date made, full chemical name, hazards
8) Is it all right for me to put up shelves in my office/lab? [hazards-construction]
with my professors approval
just forget it, not possible
see Judy first
9) The Life Safety Box does not indicate any hazards for the room I want to work in. Does this mean there are no hazards in the room? [protection-life safety boxes]
I am not a fire fighter, so I don't care what the Life Safety Box says
it’s not safe in any room
the box says it’s safe, so there are no hazards
caution is always advised
10) Ethanol has what hazards? [HAZ]   [emergencies - chem haz]
flammable and slight poison
oh my, I will never use this stuff again!
flammable, poison, suspect cancer, irritant, liver and kidney toxin
11) What personal protection am I likely to need working in a lab at Hopkins?
[protection-personal protection]
gloves are all I ever need
gloves, goggles and lab coat or rubber apron
as above, but add eye wash and fire extinguisher, just to be sure.
12) Is it safe for me to leave an extension cord up for several days if I wrap it around or tie it to a rafter to insure it is not a trip hazard?
only if approved by my professor
only if the circuit has a GFI
13) What are the most likely hazards from earthquakes in Pacific Grove? [hazards-earthquakes]
the building falling on me!
nothing ever happens here
chemicals combining, if not stored properly
chemicals combining plus gas cylinder rupturing
chemicals, gas cylinders, and a heavy object falling on my head
chemicals, gas cylinders, heavy object on head and fire
14) Gas cylinders must be double [StrappedChainedTied ] to a wall/rack at 1/3 and 2/3 height to be safe during a fire or earthquake. [hazards-compressed gas]
15) Who knows when it is safe to go back into a building after an evacuation?
any knowledgeable person
only the fire department
only my professor knows our lab well enough
16) A waste is a waste as soon as it is: [hazards-waste]
when I no longer want it
only when I say it is a waste
when it has reached the expiration date on the side of the bottle
17) Is it safe to pour seawater down the sanitary sewer drain? [protection-sinks]
any quantity is fine
if less than ten gallons
never, must go down a seawater drain
always ask Chris first
18) Waste bottles get their own special label with what information? [hazards-waste]
date, chemical name, hazards
date, lab name, chemicals in percents, hazards, maker
date, lab name, full chemical names, percent of each, hazards, physical state
19) How are chemical names to be represented on labels? [protection-labels]
full names only, never abbreviations
abbreviations for common materials okay, full names for exotics
any name is fine as long as I know what it is
only for hazardous materials. (distilled water does not need a label)
20) I need to autoclave five one liter flasks of media at 3am for a critical experiment.
too bad. I should have thought ahead.
if I am biosafety trained I can go ahead.
if I are biosafety and autoclaved trained I may proceed.
21) Eating in the lab is OK as long as I keep it in my hand and don't get crumbs into my experiment. [common sense]
I feel lucky
oh please, the safety officer is not around
not okay for me, but fine if puppy eats things off the floor.
22) Filling out all the paper work to be able to use fish in my experiments is time consuming and frustrating. When can I finally start doing my experiments? [animals-introduction]
as soon as I turn in the paper work as this is just a formality
as long as it is a related species, it’s covered
any time. I will get the permit if this experiment works.
only when officially approved by APLAC at their once a month meeting.
23) At any given time there may be empty space in the Aquaria facility. What do I need to do to move in? [animals-tank tags]
put a sticker up with my name on it
see Chris and use online form
just move in already, that's what it's there for
24) I use some volatile toxic stuff sometimes. What kind of respirator can I get locally?
[protection-personal protection]
most hardware stores locally have a good selection of styles and cartridges
none, can only get respirators through EH&S on main campus after training
do it in a fume hood instead and take larger materials outside
25) Can I hurt myself even when lifting small objects? [hazards-lifting]
only if over fifty or really out of shape
maybe, if I do it fast enough and long enough
no way
26) Ground fault interrupters are on all the outlets in the Aquaria facility, therefore it is safe to use any extension cord in the area. [hazards-electrical]
that’s what GFIs are for
only with approval from my professor
only if the extension cord is in good condition, not immersed in water, and not a trip hazard
27) Wearing a single glove between buildings tells others at the station [protection-gloves]
that I care about them and don't like exposing them to hazardous materials
that I are cheap and trying to save lab funds
that I don't mind what DNA ends up in my PCR reaction
28) The appropriate protective equipment to wear when using liquid nitrogen or dry ice is
those knitted cloth cold mitts
cryo gloves, face shield, and full loose clothing (carefully tucked into shoes and waist)
face shield, cryo gloves, long sleeves and pants (not tucked in and no cuffs)
29) When do I have to get this worksheet done by? [top of this page]
when I feel like it
only if Judy or Chris find out
only when my professor tells me I have to
before work begins
only if I need a key
never, if I am only doing office work
30) Who is ultimately responsible for my safety at Hopkins? [safety home page]
tiered responsibilities beginning with ME
my professor
Judy and Chris
EH&S on main campus
31) What can I store in a fume hood? [protection-fume hoods]
anything that fits
only waste and other hazardous materials I don’t want to chance exposure to
only the current experiment in progress
anything as long as it is in secondary containment
32) I need a haz waste tub on my lab bench. How many are allowed per lab?
one, no exceptions
as many as I want
one/lab, but temp okay if emptied at end of day into the larger container in the waste area.
33) I need to ship something on dry ice. Where do I get one of those dry ice stickers for my styrofoam container? [cryogens & shipping with dry ice]
front office
Barbara Compton
FedEx on Lighthouse
do cryo training, get proper box with cardboard box on the outside, then see Barbara or Chris BEFORE 3 pm
34) Even working in an office has hazards. True. [hazards-office] Check all that apply)
clutter trip hazard
open drawers
proper fit to my computer
extention cords with space heaters
chemicals in the next room
35) Some mussels I have collected along the Washington state coast are due to arrive on Tuesday. What do I have to do to get ready for them? [animals-introduction]
Get Fish & Wildlife approval, construct an isolation system, and have F&W inspect and approve of same before moving animals in.
Since the mussels are the same species we have in California, I just need to see Chris about tank space in the Aquaria facility.
Since the mussels are the same species we have in Monterey Bay, I just need to see Chris about tank space in the Aquaria facility.
Add them to a tank of mussels I already collected here at Hopkins.
36) TRICK stands for what? [protection-injury prevention]
Track, Record, Identity, Care, Keep
Training, Reporting, Identifying, Correcting, Keeping
Training, Responsibilities, Identify, Carefully, Keeping
37) I understand the changes that I will have to make in my own behavior working near an ASBS?
38) Enter the "secret" code from the Hazard Sign Game
39) Stanford has had to tighten up on internet security because: [protection info tech]
hackers are constantly trying to get in our devices for mischief/harm
criminals steal identities and financial information
foreign governments are after our research data
there can be a huge cost for liability and lost time
It is recommended that you fill out this PDF form about personal emergency contact information and give it to Judy so she has someone to call in case something happens to you. Thanks.

NOTE: More Training is Needed For Vertebrate Animals, Diving/Boating/Refuge, Biosafety, Shops, Cryogens, Histology Room

Last modified Wed, 27 Sep, 2017 at 6:52