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Laboratory Safety

Mission Statement

   
   

The goal of the Laboratory Safety Program is to minimize the risk of injury or illness to laboratory workers by ensuring that they have the training, information, support and equipment needed to work safely in the laboratory.

Contacts:

Name Title Department Phone email
Craig Moore Chemical Hygiene Coordinator College of Science of Heath 801-863-5252 craig.moore@uvu.edu
Jeff Francom Coordinator - Environmental Health & Safety Risk Management/Emergency Preparedness 801-863-8560 jeff.francom@uvu.edu
Robin Ebmeyer Director - Emergency Risk Management Risk Management/Emergency Preparedness 801-863-7977 robin.ebmeyer@uvu.edu

 

Quick Links

To the right  or below are quick links to various documents, external websites, forms and signs that can assist in laboratory safety.  Below is a brief description of those links.

Documents

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is to provide every aspect (cradle to grave) for prudent work practices and procedures for the procurement, storage, handling and disposal of chemicals in the laboratory, in order to protect all personnel from the potential health hazards of the chemicals they may encounter in the laboratory.

Laboratory Safety Manual

The Laboratory Safety Manual has more detail on how to one can be exposed to chemical and how to work with them safely.  It is a companion document to the CHP.

Global Harmonized System (GHS) Manual

The Global Harmonized System (GHS) manual describes how chemical label and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) will be organized worldwide so there is no confusion regarding hazard communication.

External Websites

OSHA Laboratory Standard

  • The OSHA Laboratory Standard is was governs laboratory safety at UVU.  UVU falls under this standard because we are a facility were:
  • A facility where the “laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” occurs. It is a workplace where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis.
    • “Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” means handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:
    • Chemical manipulations are carried out on a “laboratory scale” (i.e., work with substances in which the containers used for reactions, transfers, and other handling of substances is designed to be easily handled by one person)
    • Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used
    • The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor do they in any way simulate a production process; and
    • “Protective laboratory practices and equipment” are available and in common use to minimize the potential for worker exposure to hazardous chemicals.

OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

Also know as "Right to Know" the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard governs how hazard communication will be conveyed to all those working with hazardous chemicals to ensure all personnel have the knowledge they need to work with the chemicals safely.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

All faculty, staff, student employees, and research students are strongly encourage to read the SDS (formally called MSDS) for any chemical they will be using.  Linked are a couple website of chemical manufactures that one read the SDS for particular chemical.   Simply type in the chemical you want and then click on the SDS tab.  You can also use any search engine by typing the chemical name followed by SDS and you can access the SDS.

Forms

New Chemical Request

Any faculty or staff wanting to purchase a chemical that has not previously been purchased before must fill out a New Chemical Request Form.  This is done to prevent bringing a chemical on campus that UVU does not have the safety procedures/equipment in place to accept the chemical.

UVU Injury/Accident Report

If an injury or accident occurs by a faculty or staff member, a student employee, or research student a UVU Injury/Accident Report must be filled out.

Possible Chemical Exposure

If an injury/accident involves a possible chemical exposure, in addition to the UVU Injury/Accident Report a possible exposure form mus also be filled out.

Particular Hazardous Substance Approval

If a faculty or staff member or research student want to bring a chemical on campus that is considered a carcinogen, reproductive hazard, or has an acute toxicity as determined by the SDS, they must fill out the Particular Hazardous Substance Approval Form.  This is done to ensure that all the extra safety training is performed and the extra personal protective equipment (PPE), and safety equipment is available.

Signs

Particular Hazardous Substance

If a particular hazardous substance (PHS) is being used in a laboratory this sign must be placed on all access doors to that laboratory to warn people of the PHS being used.

Unattended Operation

If a piece of equipment needs to be unattended while in operation, this form must be placed all access doors to that laboratory to warn people that there's a piece of equipment in operation.

Training

Laboratory Safety Training Presentation

This is a power point presentation that is used to train all faculty, staff, student employees, and research student that will be working with chemicals or be working in a laboratory while others may be working with students.  This power point presentation is posted for reference only; the training must be done in person with the Chemical Hygiene Coordinator before anyone can have access to a laboratory.

Global Harmonized System (GHS) Mandatory Training

This training is required by OSHA for all who will be working with chemicals.  The purpose of it is to introduce individuals to the Global Harmonized System (GHS) and how it works.  The training was to have been completed by December 31, 2013.  If you have not taken the training please do so as soon as possible.