Employees, faculty, staff, and students need to be encouraged
to develop a genuine concern about their own health and
safety. It’s too easy to care less and become careless.
All new employees, students, faculty, and staff should receive
a specially designed introduction to your safety program.
Your department should have a safety committee. Academic institutions and companies should all have safety committees. The committees should consist of employees, supervisors, faculty, staff, administration, and students.
This is the cornerstone of a good safety program. It’s a statement endorsed and supported by the administration that speaks to the fundamental responsibilities for health and safety in the academic institution or company.
For too many years at academic institutions and some companies, health, safety and the environment have been something extra. It’s time that it becomes part of the process. At Dow, we were told that we were being paid to do three things: (1) work safely, (2) conduct active research programs, and (3) publish the reports and patent disclosures resulting from our research. Safety was part of the job—not something extra.
One school accumulated 20 five-pound bottles of mercury. Each year they ordered from the same list that they had used the year before! Not a good idea. You need to know what you have, where it’s located, and who’s responsible for it.
Some chemicals have a short life expectancy. Others will remain good for a long time. Solvents that form peroxides are one example of substances requiring periodic testing. Ethers, vinyl compounds, alcohols, ketones, and aldehydes are some of the
Some service laboratories operate 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. These include chemical
plant laboratories, laboratories in other
types of production plants, some hospital
laboratories, and forensic laboratories.
While automated lab
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Provide Adequate Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment - Safety Glasses, Goggles, Face Shields, Gloves, Lab Coats, and BenchTop Shields
Employers are responsible for ensuring that personal protective equipment (PPE) is available. Employers