-PPE: Personal protective equipment (PPE) is equipment intended on protecting workers from chemicals they may come across in a lab. PPE includes gloves goggles, and proper lab coats.
All of these help limit exposure of workers to harmful chemicals. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/personalprotectiveequipment/ Hazard Communication StandardsIdentification: The first section names the chemical and states its recommended uses.
The contact information such as name, address, and phone number of the chemical’s manufacturer are also provided. Hazards Identification: The second section states any hazards of a chemical on the SDS along with warnings that go along with the hazards. Composition/Information on Ingredients: The third section lists all of the ingredients that are in a substance. This section also includes information on impurities and mixtures of substances. First-Aid Measures: The fourth section gives basic first-aid instructions to be used by non-professionals in the case of someone being exposed to a chemical.
Fire Fighting-Measures: The fifth section explains how to safely fight a fire that was caused by a chemical in the lab. Accidental Release Measures: The sixth section explains how to properly deal with accidental spills of chemicals and how to clean them with minimal exposure to toxic substances. Handling and Storage: The seventh section describes how to safely store and handle chemicals to avoid contamination. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection: The eighth section details how to limit one’s exposure to harmful substances. Physical and Chemical Properties: The ninth section details all of the physical and chemical properties that go with a chemical or mixture of chemicals. Stability and Reactivity: The tenth section gives the information on how stable a chemical is and what it may react with. Toxicological Information: The eleventh section lists effects a chemical may have on a person if a chemical makes contact with or is inhaled or ingested by a person. Ecological Information (non-mandatory): The twelfth section identifies the effect a substance may have on the environment.
Disposal Considerations (non-mandatory): The thirteenth section Transport Information (non-mandatory)Regulatory Information (non-mandatory) Other Information https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3514.htmlhttps://www.osha.
gov/Publications/HazComm_QuickCard_Pictogram.html Chemical Hygiene Plan: Chemical hygiene plans detail how to properly handle potentially harmful chemicals in order to avoid prolonged exposure to toxic substances. The purpose of a chemical hygiene plan is to protect lab workers from hazardous chemicals and equipment. It is important to have a chemical hygiene plan in place in order to avoid potentially fatal chemical exposure or any other harm due to improper laboratory procedures. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/laboratory/OSHAfactsheet-laboratory-safety-chemical-hygiene-plan.html Standard Operating Procedures: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are specific guidelines written out to explain how to safely carry out lab procedures that may involve harmful substances.
https://ehs.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/lines-of-services/workplace-safety/46labspecificsops.pdf Proper Food Storage: In a lab, there are likely many chemicals present that are harmful if ingested by a person, so it is important to have proper food storage protocol to avoid ingesting toxic substances. In short, food and drink should never be consumed, prepared or packaged in a lab. Doors to the lab should remain closed, workers should wash their hands thoroughly after working in the lab, and lab utensils should not be used for anything outside of the lab. https://www.vumc.
org/safety/chem/no-food-in-labs-factsheet Labelling and Transfer of Chemicals: All stored, hazardous substances should be clearly labeled with the name of the chemical and the appropriate warning image. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/laboratory/OSHAquickfacts-lab-safety-labeling-chemical-transfer.pdf Emergency Procedure http://www.safety.uwa.edu.
au/incidents-injuries-emergency/procedures/lab#fire Spills- If a chemical spill is minor, all people near the spill should alerted, measures should be taken to avoid breathing in toxic fumes, and proper equipment should be worn and used while cleaning up the spill. If a chemical spill is major, any people who may have been contaminated need to battened to, the laboratory needs to be evacuated, and assistance should be called. If a spill is flammable, all heat and ignition shores should be turned off. Doors to the lab should be closed when the lab is evacuated. Fires- If a fire is minor, the lab should be alerted, the alarm should be triggered, and the flames should be smothered out with a fire blanket or proper fire extinguisher.
If a fire is major, the alarm should be triggered, the lab should be evacuated, the doors to the lab should be closed, and emergency response should be notified. Others- If a biological spill occurs, all efforts to avoid contamination should be made and proper safety measures should be implemented during clean up. If any person comes in contact with any kind of spill, exposed area should be washed with water and clothing should be removed. They should seek medical attention if necessary. All incidents should be reported to an advisor. Waste Disposal and Clean Up: No hazardous chemicals should be disposed in a sink, drain or solid waste containers that go to a landfill like trash cans.
All hazardous waste should be labeled as hazardous waste. https://ehs.stanford.edu/topic/chemical-safety/chemical-waste-disposal