Outline for TA Safety training
Consult: http://www.marshall.edu/chemistry/labsafety.asp and http://www.marshall.edu/safety
Basic items / Housekeeping
· Be professional: Always display appropriate laboratory behavior, no horseplay - boisterous or silly behavior is to be avoided.
· Wear safety equipment; use goggles & save your eyes.
· Dress appropriately – long pants, closed shoes, shirt as indicated by professor. No hanging sleeves or clothing that could knock over items.
· No food or drinks in the lab. Wash hands after handling chemicals and equipment.
· Keep area tidy: don’t block exits or safety equipment. Avoid tripping hazards, close drawers, store backpacks, clean up messes & spills.
No open bottles & don’t set bottles next to
the edge or where they are likely to get knocked
· Know where the safety equipment is located and how to use it. (eyewash, shower, fire blanket…)
Avoid distractions from cell
phones, radios, MP3 players, and similar devices . Do not wear headphones in the lab
Fire & burns
· No open flames around flammable materials or vapors.
· Know emergency exit routes and the sound of the fire Alarm. Additional information is at http://www.marshall.edu/emergency/fireandsmoke.pdf.
· Become familiar with location and use of fire blanket & fire extinguishers.
· Remind students (and yourself) that Bunsen burner flames can be difficult to see. Be careful not to reach over an active burner.
· Observe safe practices with hot plates and heating mantels. These should be unplugged when not in use.
· Place and observe warning for hot items such as glass. Hot glass looks like normal glass but it can burn you.
· Report/avoid frayed cords and exposed wires.
· In general, water and electricity do not belong together. Shock hazard.
· Practice good chemical hygiene.
Use a pipet bulb when pipetting; no “mouth
Add concentrated acid or bases into water
· Be aware of potential reactions and gas generation.
· Store reagents and solution in proper containers that are labeled.
· Review http://www.marshall.edu/emergency/chemicalspillorrelease.pdf for information on significant spills.
· Handle with caution. Do not force glass.
· Chipped or cracked glass tends to break easier.
· Dispose of broken glass in designated container or bucket. Handle broken pieces with a dust pan and brush/broom rather than your hands. Broken glass is sharp and can cut you. Ask the professor for assistance if the broken glass is contaminated with hazardous materials.
Waste & Labeling
· Collect waste in a proper container; the right size and type that may be sealed.
· Label needs to include: Identification (what it is), concentration, solvent, date, owner, origin, hazard and any special notes.
· For emergencies: Call 696-4357 or 911. Report your name, victim’s name and nature of injury. Also provide location and phone number and follow instruction. Consult www.marshall.edu/safety for additional information.
· If a student suffers a burn on their hand from hot glass, etc., have them immediately place the affected area under cool running water for at least 15 minutes. Inform the instructor as soon as possible.
· If a student cuts themselves, avoid contact with blood. There are gloves in the first aid kit or in an alternate location that your professor will point out to you when you begin working with them, although you should not attempt to administer first aid yourself unless it is absolutely necessary. If it is a small cut, have the student wash thoroughly with soap and water and give them a bandage. Inform the instructor immediately. If the cut is larger and needs more extensive attention, have the student apply pressure, get the instructor, and proceed as per their instructions. If there is blood to clean up in any instance, inform the stockroom manager.