Chemical Safety Officer

Store chemicals and waste properly.
Quarterly inspections to find problems in advance of injuries.
Orient new people to hazards in your lab/area [and record this training].

 

INVENTORY

You are responsible for all chemicals in your designated lab space, regardless of ownership.

Inventory can be done with the Chemtracker program or help from Chris, x216.

The BEST WAY to do the chemical inventory is to maintain it continuously.
- Print this FORM and fill out as chemicals come or go.
- At regular intervals enter the new information into the database.
- The alternative is to do a complete inventory EVERY YEAR! YUCK!

STORAGE GROUPS

Every chemical is assigned a storage group.
Same storage group chemicals may be stored together.
Storage group "X" must be isolated from all other chemicals.
Storage group "G" may be stored with chemicals in other storage groups, except group X.

The purpose of this is to insure that in a fire or earthquake, chemicals do not leak and mix together to produce something worse. [such as Sodium Cyanide and Hydrochloric Acid]

You can use this short cheat sheet for the more common materials. Or edit the Word document to add your lab's favorites.

WASTE

Definition - a waste is not a waste until designated a waste.

Storage - segregated as per above storage groups.
- MUST BE IN 2nd CONTAINMENT!
- ONLY ONE STORAGE LOCATION PER LAB!
- 6 MONTH LIMIT. Check dates weekly or at least monthly.

Sharps - separate chemical, biological, and radioactive. Containers available from Chris, x216

Pickup - Call Chris, x216.

Broken glass boxes can be thrown into the dumpster near the shop when full.
Assuming there is no chemical, biological or radiological hazards therein.

GENERAL SAFETY

Look for "new" waste storage locations that people have set up for convenience.
These are not allowed. Only one waste storage site per lab w/o prior approval.

Look for electrical problems, extension cords used improperly, etc.

Look for potential earthquake hazards - cylinders must be double chained, no heavy objects on upper shelves, etc.

LAB INSPECTIONS

Do quarterly Lab Inspections using the General Inspection Checklist and place a copy in your lab safety notebook.
Chris will remind you each quarter and then come around to help.

IN LAB TRAINING OF NEW PEOPLE

ALL new people need to go through a safety orientation of your area. Use the IN LAB training form to document and place in your lab safety notebook.

We now have to specifically train people in personal protective equipment. See the PPE page for details. You also need to fill out and have your PI sign these forms the first time and new people as they come on board. General_Hazard_Assessment_Tool and the Lab_Hazard_Assessment_Tool.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

This incorporates all of the above into a document for each hazardous activity done in the lab. Makes a great reference to help train a new person in the technique. See SOP web page to help create this document. Keep SOPs in your lab safety notebook along with training and inspection records.

LAB SAFETY NOTEBOOK

Contains the records for new person lab orientation, quarterly lab inspections, any group safety meetings, and SOPs

Last modified Tue, 16 Jan, 2018 at 16:21