It’s the holiday season, but whether you’re decorating your cubicle or office, remember to keep safety a top priority and follow all departmental policies and protocols. In this edition of the Environmental Health and Safety brief, learn 12 tips to keep your office a safe environment.
A chemical fume hood is type of local ventilation device designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapors, or dusts. There are different types of chemical fume hoods with certain rules that should be followed.
Keep the sash opened no further than 16-17 inches above the air foil. Typically, there is an arrow indicating where the sash should be opened to when working in the fume hood.
Never store equipment or materials permanently in a hood. Do not place items that block the baffles....
Poison hemlock has more severe toxic properties than poison ivy and is quickly growing throughout the area.
Indentification Tips The flowers are tiny, white and arranged in small, umbrella-shaped clusters. Flowers appear in the second year. The plants have a musty odor. The stems have a reddish-purple spots, blotches, or streaks. They are not hairy and are hollow. First-year plants are low-growing and resemble carrot plants. It can be distinguished by the lack of hairs on the stems.
Touching the plant is similar to touching poison ivy. It can cause painful blisters, and eating any...
Machine guards are important because they protect operators and other individuals in the work area from hazards associated during the machine’s normal operation.
Machine guards can protect from the following hazards:
Pinch points Rotating parts Flying debris/sparks Reciprocating parts Live electricity Punching/Shearing/Bending parts
All guards and safety devices must be in place prior to operating a machine. It is not meant to hinder any type of activity involving the machine. Notify your supervisor immediately upon detecting missing or inadequate guards.
When working with hazardous material in the laboratory, it can be easy to forget about the harm these materials can cause if they fall into the wrong hands. Here are some tips to keep your laboratory secure.
All fires are not the same. Different types of fuels cause different types (or classes) of fire. Fire extinguishers commonly are used to extinguish flames, but not all fire extinguishers work on all classes of fire. Depending on the class of fire, certain fire extinguishers may have no effect on the flames or can actually make the fire worse. Make sure you know what type of fire extinguisher is available in your workplace and ensure it is compatible by referencing the label on the extinguisher.
Safety Brief - Compressed gas cylinders can be very dangerous if they are not handled or stored properly. If one falls over, it could be propelled at very high speeds and cause serious property damage or personal injury.
Proper Storage of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Always store compressed gas cylinders in a secure and upright position with caps over the valves.
All cylinders should be stored in well-ventilated areas.
Avoid storing cylinders in rooms that may obtain high temperatures.
All cylinders should be secured appropriately with chains to walls or other structures....