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....
Hot Work includes any operation producing flame, sparks, or heat, such as torch cutting, welding, brazing, grinding, sawing, and soldering. A Hot Work Permit is required whenever any hot work activity is conducted outside of an area designated for hot work. The permit acts as a checklist to ensure precautions are taken to prevent the ignition of inflammable or combustible materials in a 35-foot area surrounding the work.
Hot Work Permits must be posted in a visible location at the worksite. All Hot Work Permits and notifications must be submitted 24 hours before the start of hot work activities...
All employees must be provided with effective information and training regarding hazardous chemicals in their work area prior to starting work, and whenever a new physical and/or health hazard is introduced in to the work area.
The following information must be covered:
Location and availability of a written Hazard Communication Plan Location of the departmental hazardous chemical inventory Location of Safety Data Sheet (SDS) documents Locations of physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area and likely effects or symptoms of overexposure Requirements of the university’s Hazard Communication Plan...
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. Environmental Health and Safety has implemented an ergonomics program to focus on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive job duties. In this edition of the Environmental Health and Safety brief, learn tips to make your workstation more ergonomic-friendly.
Ergonomics at a Distance
Are you working full time at home these days? The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged employers to equip workers with the tools they need to do their jobs safely at home, which includes making your workspace ergonomic friendly....