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Laboratory Safety Guide and
Chemical Hygiene Plan

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

January, 1996


Table of Contents

I. Goal

II. Ensuring Laboratory Safety

  • A. Unit Safety Coordinator
  • B. Laboratory Director

III. Safe Laboratory Practices

  • A. General Principles
  • B. Health and Hygiene
  • C. Food, Beverages, and Chemical Contamination
  • D. Housekeeping
  • E. Laboratory Equipment Maintenance
  • F. Glassware
  • G. Protective Apparel and Equipment
  • H. Cryogenic Hazards
  • I. Systems Under Pressure
  • J. Warning Signs and Labels
  • K. Unattended Operations
  • L. Working Alone
  • M. Laboratory Security

IV. Facility and Operational Safety Rules

  • A. Laboratory Fume Hoods

V. Handling Chemicals in the Laboratory

  • A. Acute and Chronic Exposure
  • B. Procurement
  • C. Transport
  • D. Storage
  • E. Designated Area
  • F. Approval

VI. Chemical Hazards

  • A. Caustics and Corrosives
  • B. Toxic Chemicals
  • C. Mercury
  • D. Carcinogens
  • E. Flammables
  • F. Reactives

VII. Breaks and Spills

  • A. Reporting
  • B. Personal Safety

VIII. Compressed Gases

  • A. Handling and Storage

IX. Radioactive Hazards

X. Biological Hazards

XI. Labeling

  • A. Label Requirements
  • B. Transfer of Chemicals
  • C. Exceptions to Labeling Requirement

XII. Fire Prevention, Control and Reporting

  • A. Prevention
  • B. Priorities in Case of Fire
  • C. Fire Control Methods

XIII. Waste Disposal

  • A. Disposing of Waste Chemicals

XIV. Inspections, Audits, and Reports

XV. Training and Information

  • A. Laboratory Personnel
  • B. Laboratory Directors
  • C. Training

XVI. Medical Examination

XVII. Electrical Safety

  • A. General Instructions
  • B. Static Electricity and Spark Hazards