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Title: Safety for Workstudy Students

Safety for Workstudy Students
Safety for Workstudy Students
  • Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate appropriate action in case of alarm
  • Demonstrate appropriate action for chemical spill
    (minor, major)
  • Demonstrate appropriate action for biohazardous
  • Report injuries/ accidents as prescribed
  • Locate TRUs MSDSs
  • Recognize WHIMS classifications and safety
  • Locate nearest fire alarm to your work area
  • Recognize and report unsafe work situations as

Safety for Workstudy Students
  • Are you prepared?
  • As workstudy students you are employees of TRU
    and as such covered by Worksafe BC regulations
  • http//
  • Emergencies, accidents, or injuries can happen at
    any time
  • Being physically and psychologically prepared to
    handle emergencies is everyones responsibility!

Campus Emergency Procedures
  • All TRU common areas have a campus emergency
    procedures handbook containing
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Procedures for a number of emergency situations
  • Locate this handbook in your work area and
    familiarize yourself with its contents
  • Locate the nearest fire alarm to your workarea.
  • Personal security tips

Reporting Injuries or Accidents
  • It is important to report all injuries to your
    supervisor and fill in the required
    documentation. If time is lost due to the injury
    Worksafe will compensate lost wages but only if
    the required documentation has been completed.
  • Forms may be accessed at
  • http//

Familiarize Yourself With Your Work Area
  • Ensure your supervisor has shown you where and
    proper use of all emergency equipment is found in
    your area
  • Emergency gas and electrical shutoff
  • Safety showers and fire blankets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Waste disposal for biohazards, broken glass etc
  • Eye wash stations
  • Spill kits (acid, base, solvent, mercury,

Personal Safety Checklist
Personal Safety Checklist
  • Phone Numbers
  • Emergency 1111
  • Security 5033
  • Facilities 5388/5368
  • Jon VanHamme 6064
  • Joanna Urban 5542
  • Carolynne Fardy 5444
  • Location of
  • Fire Alarm to left in hallway

Personal Safety Checklist
  • Fire Extinguisher outside the door into media
  • Evacuation Assembly Point 7 (between science and
  • Eyewash sink, media prep
  • Emergency Shower Main prep area S365D
  • MSDS Computer S365B
  • Spill cleanup kits
  • Mercury S367 front counter
  • Acid S365D beside fumehood
  • Base S367 big fumehood
  • Solvent S365A above flammable cabinet
  • Biohazard S367 front counter
  • Formaldehyde Shelves inside door

  • Whether working with chemicals, biohazards,
    cleaning animal or fish tanks etc ensure you wash
    your hands thoroughly before leaving the area to
    avoid cross contamination to other areas or
    yourself or your home.
  • Leave lab coats in the work area

Recognize and Report Unsafe Work Situations
  • Be aware of your working surroundings. Report
    anything that may result in injury to yourself
    and others
  • Examples frayed cords, tripping hazards,
    suspicious behavior

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Federal legislation that is administered
  • A system designed to protect the worker from
    injury and disease
  • Hazardous materials are controlled products
  • Workers have right to know about the hazards of
    the controlled products they work with, receive
    information to help them work with these products

WHMIS Classifications
  • There are 6 hazard classes identified by 8 hazard
  • Communication of these hazards is done through
  • WHMIS labels
  • Material safety data sheets (MSDSs)
  • WHMIS education and training programs

WHMIS Classifications
  • Class A Compressed Gas
  • Class B Flammable Combustible
  • Class C Oxidizing Material

WHMIS Classifications
  • Class D Poisonous Infectious Material
  • A. Immediate and toxic effects B. More long term
    problems C. Biohazardous InfectiousMateri

WHMIS Classifications
  • Class E Corrosive Material
  • Class F Dangerously Reactive Material

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  • Technical bulletins that provide specific
    information re controlled products
  • The information is divided into nine sections
  • If unsure of safety precautions when using a
    controlled product look up the information in the
  • TRU MSDSs are online at
  • http//
  • Login Thompsonmsds password msds

WHMIS Supplier Labels
  • Suppliers must attach WHMIS labels to all sold
    controlled products.
  • Easily recognized by hatched border

WHMIS Workplace Labels
  • Workplace labels must be attached to secondary
    vessels, reagents not used within 24 hours or
    where supplier label is missing
  • Requirements
  • Product identification
  • Specific safe handling information and required
  • Reference to an MSDS

Working With WHMIS
  • Ensure you know the required PPE to use when
    making up solutions etc with controlled products
  • If unsure look up the MSDS
  • Check if unsure re storage of such solutions and
    proper disposal
  • Ensure you know what to do in case of a spill

  • All work areas should have cleanup kits for
    specific controlled products in their areas
    (solvents, acids, bases, formaldehyde, mercury)
  • Ensure your supervisor has familiarized you with
    these kits
  • These kits can be used for small spills

  • For larger spills (broken bottle etc) or more
    toxic substances immediately leave the room and
    lock the door ensuring no one else will enter the
  • Immediately call 1111 and facilities and let
    them know what has happened
  • Location of spill
  • Physical description and what the product is if
  • Estimated amount spilled
  • Remember to be prepared by reading the MSDS
    before working with the product.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ensure you know where appropriate PPE is for
    different tasks and how to use such equipment
  • Fumehood
  • Biological safety hoods
  • Labcoats
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust masks

Unsafe Work
  • As an employee you have the right to refuse
    unsafe work
  • If you feel what you have been asked to do is
    unsafe discuss the task with your supervisor
  • If agreement cant be reached, call for
    assistance from TRU OHS department
  • If a resolution still cannot be found Worksafe is
    asked to intervene