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Title: Science Lab Safety

Science Lab Safety Hazardous Waste Training
Dawn Lee, Chemical Hygiene Coordinator for the
Sciencesx 5873dlee_at_brockport.eduwww.brockport.e
Lab Personnel Training Topics
  • The Lab Standard Basics (OSHA, PESH)
  • Chemical Physical Hazards
  • What they are
  • Where to find info
  • How to protect lab workers
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Fires
  • Exposures/Injuries
  • Spills
  • Hazardous Waste Basics (EPA, DEC, MCWA)

Related Topics NOT covered here
  • Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030)
  • Assume the worst use Universal Precautions
  • Laser Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Biohazard Safety

The Laboratory Standard
  • Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in
    Laboratories (29 CFR 1910.1450)
  • Hazardous Chemical any evidence that acute or
    chronic effects occur due to exposure
  • Laboratory
  • small quantities of hazardous chemicals
  • containers that are easily manipulated by one
  • protective practices and equipment are in common

Lab Standard Contd
  • Permissible Exposure Limits 1910.1450(c)
  • Tables Z-1 Z-2 Z-3 (mineral dusts)
  • Employee Exposure Determination 1910.1450(d)
  • Initial, periodic termination of monitoring
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) 1910.1450(e)
  • Written plan designed to protect laboratory
  • Some mandatory elements
  • Suggested specifics in Appendix A

Lab Standard Contd
  • Employee Information Training 1910.1450(f)
  • Initial and refresher
  • The Standard
  • The CHP
  • PELs other exposure limits (TLVs)
  • Exposure Symptoms
  • MSDS other reference materials
  • Monitoring devices mechanical observational
  • Physical health hazards
  • Measures for protection (practices, PPE,
    emergency procedures)

Lab Standard Contd
  • Medical Consultation Examination 1910.1450(g)
  • If symptoms develop due to exposure
  • If exposure levels are regularly above limits
  • If a spill, leak, explosion, etc. occurs
  • Details on results of such consultations/examinati
  • Hazard Identification 1910.1450(h)
  • Mfg. labels should not be removed or defaced
    (until bottle is empty)
  • MSDS maintenance
  • Substances created in the lab
  • Determine hazards and provide appropriate
  • If composition is unknown assume hazardous
    defer to CHP
  • If produced for others defer to Hazard
    Communication Standard (labeling, MSDS

Lab Standard Contd
  • Respirators 1910.1450(i)
  • Recordkeeping 1910.1450(j)
  • Appendices
  • Recommendations Concerning Chemical Hygiene in
  • References

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
  • Written plan to protect lab employees
  • Must be readily available (http//www.brockport.ed
  • CH Responsibilities
  • Individual Labs - adopt this plan or write your
    own requires approval by EHS
  • Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) Dave Turkow
  • Chemical Hygiene Coordinator for the Sciences
    (CHC) consultant and liaison b/t science EHS
    Dawn Lee
  • Review annually

CHP -SOPs for use of hazardous chemicals
  • Describes hazards safeguards for handling
  • General Guidelines
  • Prudent Practices (http//
  • Safety in Academic Laboratories Volumes 1 2
    (ACS) (http//
  • Research Labs PI responsibility
  • Teaching Labs - lab manuals, syllabus
  • CHC will develop generic SOPs and assist in
    generation of specific SOPs as needed

CHP - Control Measures to Reduce Exposures
  • Engineering controls
  • Ventilation/Fume hoods
  • Proper storage facilities
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Individual responsibility EHS assistance
  • Any potential for chemical splash requires
    indirectly vented chemical splash goggle
  • Good Laboratory Hygiene/General Practices
  • Cite Prudent Practices ACS publications
  • Specific Laboratory Practices
  • Chemistry Laboratory Safety Regulations or adopt
  • Develop SOPs for particularly hazardous
    chemicals EHS assistance
  • Other Services Provided
  • Exposure monitoring, eyewash/shower stations,
    emergency procedures

CHP contd
  • Fume Hoods Other Protective Equipment
  • Hoods certified inspected annually (Bio
    cabinets not included)
  • Eyewashes/showers activated monthly
  • Fire extinguisher inspections
  • Spill response equipment
  • Information Training
  • Every 2 year minimum
  • Individual lab maintains access to MSDSs
  • EHS assistance consultation

CHP contd
  • Prior Approval for High Hazard Work
  • Individual responsibility to identify
  • Departmental approval/SOP
  • EHS/CHC provides consultation
  • Medical Consultations (per the Standard)
  • Provisions for Protection for Work with
    Particularly Hazardous Substances
  • May require prior review
  • Designated areas
  • Containment devices (fume hoods, glove boxes)
  • Safe removal of contaminated waste
  • Decontamination procedures

What are the chemical hazards?
  • Flammability
  • Toxicity
  • Reactivity

  • Solid, liquid or gas
  • Hydrocarbons (especially with 9Cs or less)
  • Many alcohols, ketones and ethers
  • Some inorganic metals (K Na)
  • Metal dusts
  • Volatility rate at which a material evaporates
  • Lower boiling point ? higher volatility ? more
  • Flash Point - lowest temperature at which a
    liquid has a vapor pressure that forms an
    ignitable mixture with air near the surface of
    the liquid
  • Lower Flash Point ? Greater Hazard
  • Flashback vapors extend away from the source and
    find ignition
  • Higher Volatility/Lower Flash Point ? more risk
    of flashback
  • Flashback Example

Fire Prevention
  • Proper storage of flammable chemicals
  • Tight caps
  • Flammable cabinets and refrigerators
  • Away from ignition/heat sources
  • Proper electrical grounding of equipment
  • Bonding grounding when transferring chemicals
  • Alternate heating methods (water baths)
  • Procedures T P, mixing, formation of aerosols

RACE Fire Plan
rescue/ remove persons from the immediate area
of fire/smoke alert/alarm activate nearest
fire alarm system, call UP at x2222 confine/clos
e confine fire/smoke by closing all
doors extinguish/evacuate extinguish fire if
safe to do so by using the appropriate
extinguisher/evacuation plan! http//www.brockpo
Fighting the Fire
Pull the pin
Aim low at the base of flames
Squeeze the handle
Fire Extinguisher Demo
Sweep side to side
  • Oxidizers able to donate or promote oxygen
  • (chromates, nitrates, permanganates,
    perchlorates, peroxides, etc.)
  • Water Reactive reaction with water releases
    toxic gases, heat, O2 or H2
  • (CN-1 and S-2 salts, IA IIA metals (Li, Na, K,
    Ca), organometallics, diluting acids/bases -
    always add acid/base to H2O, etc.)
  • Pyrophore - ignites with air contact (finely
    powdered Zn, Mg, P, C, organometallics, etc.)
  • Explosive goes boom
  • (CC, C-N, nitro groups, azides, metal-N bonds,
    epoxides, etc.)
  • Dryness sensitivity (picric acid, nitrogen
    triiodide, organic peroxides)
  • Unstable liquid - will vigorously polymerize,
    decompose, condense, or become self-reactive
    under conditions of shocks, pressure, or
    temperature (styrene, vinyl chloride, etc.)

Reactive Issue Prevention
  • Segregate Incompatible Chemicals
  • Charts (Prudent Practices, Flinn, RCRA)
  • Golden Rules segregate
  • Oxidizers from everything! (inc. HOAc HNO3)
  • acids and bases
  • acids and metals
  • corrosives and organics
  • flammables and reactives

Auto-oxidation Formation of Explosive Peroxides
  • Most common
  • Diethyl ether MIBK Furan
  • Alkenes Isopropanol THF
  • General Info on Peroxide formation
  • Stabilizers/inhibitors often added (free radical
  • Date upon receipt and when opened
  • Test for peroxide formation every 3-6 months
    test strips available.
  • Adhere to Expiration Dates
  • Concentrating procedures such as evaporation or
  • Sources of Frictionunscrewing a lid, popping out
    a glass stopper, grinding solids with glass rods
    or spatulas

  • Toxic Chemical a chemical that will cause damage
    when it is in contact with a susceptible cite
  • The dose makes the poison. (dose x exposure
  • Acute vs. Chronic, Local vs. Systemic
  • Toxic vs. Highly Toxic (50 mg/kg)
  • LD50 (lethal dose) - the dose of chemical that
    when injected, ingested or applied to skin of
    test animal, 50 of those animals die
  • LC50 (lethal concentration) - the concentration
    of a chemical in the air that will kill 50 of
    test animals
  • Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) - the
    concentration limit of a chemical in air in which
    most workers (interpreted as avg. 150 lb, healthy
    males) can be exposed during a normal work week
    without adverse effects (OSHA)
  • Threshold limit value (TLV) -analogous to PEL -
    ACGIH assigns recommendation, not regulatory
    more current

  • Irritants (lots of inorganic organic compounds)
  • Generally reversible effects
  • itching, mild burning, swelling, coughing, slight
  • Examples NaCl, acetone
  • Corrosives (strong acids, bases, oxidizers)
  • Sometimes reversible, sometimes irreversible
    tissue damage
  • itching, burning, tissue decay, ulcers, swelling,
    coughing, headache
  • Examples HCl, H2SO4, HF, NaOH, NH4OH, Br2, Cl2

  • Allergens/sensitizers
  • First exposure may show little or no symptoms
  • Changes to tearing, swelling, and other
    irritations, but can lead to death
  • Examples latex, formaldehyde, acrylates
  • Asphyxiants
  • Displaces O2 from lungs or blood cells
  • Dizziness, loss of consciousness,
  • Examples CO2, Ar, He, N2, CO, HCN
  • Carcinogens
  • Generally due to chronic exposure
  • NTP, IARC, OSHA lists
  • Examples benzene, Cr(VI), Cd, As,
    dichloromethane, chloroform
  • Reproductive/Developmental/Specific organ or
    system toxins
  • Directly affects specific bodily functions
    (reproductive, kidney/liver, CNS, blood cells)
  • Examples Pb, Hg, toluene, aspirin

Chemical Hazard Risk Assessment
  • Risk assessment is YOUR responsibility
  • CHC available to assist
  • Assess chemical hazards using references
  • MSDS Labels
  • Chemsafe website
  • Brethericks, Merck, RTECS, etc.
  • Assess procedures - hazards of chemicals may
    change due to procedure (heating, pressure,
    mixing, aerosol formation, etc.)

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Chemicals that are being reordered
  • Should be shipped with or before the chemical
  • If you fail to receive the MSDS for a new
    chemical, contact CHC
  • Always review before using a new chemical!
  • Concerns? Call CHC!
  • Find them online
  • http//

MSDS contents
  • 1. Product Identification supplier info,
    chemical name, synonyms, CAS, formula
  • 2. Composition - List of ingredients,
    composition, CAS s
  • 3. Hazards Information - Emergency overview
    summarizing physical health hazards
  • 4. First Aid Measures first responder info for
    specific exposure routes
  • 5. Fire Fighting Measures flammability data,
    fire extinguishing medium, hazardous products
    generated due to fire, suggested firefighting PPE
  • 6. Accidental Release Measures usually
    generic, some regulatory info, what adsorbent to
    use, containment, PPE, evacuation procedures,
  • 7. Handling and Storage specific storage needs
    and general precautions
  • 8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection -
    exposure limits (PEL, TLV), PPE
  • 9. Physical/Chemical Properties - bp, mp, color,
    state, vapor P, solubility, etc.

MSDS contents contd
  • 10. Stability and Reactivity - Chemical stability
    (could be T dependent), decomposition products,
    incompatibles, polymerization, conditions to
  • 11. Toxicological Information (animal) - LD50,
    LC50, carcinogenicity, reproductive effects, etc.
  • 12. Ecological Information - Environmental fate
    should the substance be introduced to the
    environment (water, air, soil), more tox data for
    plants/animals here
  • 13. Disposal Considerations very generic
    default to RCRA and local regulations
  • 14. Transport Information - Shipping regulatory
  • 15. Regulatory Information - Summary of codes to
    identify the substances characteristics
    according to multiple governmental agencies
  • 16. Other/Additional Information NFPA codes,
    label information, common usage

Container Labels
  • Keep mfg. labels on where possible they SHOULD
    be compliant, BUT old bottles are not
  • Mfg. and 2 Labels SHOULD have
  • Name of chemical (not symbols)
  • Hazard warnings (any combo of words/pictograms)
  • Specific physical/health hazards, including
    target organs (1994)
  • Responsible party contact info in English and
  • batch labeling can be done
  • Employees must have access to complete list
  • Other criteria fulfilled
  • Not necessary to label portable containers to be
    used immediately
  • Defacing a label is prohibited scrape it off if

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Labeling - NFPA Diamonds
  • Color coded, numerical rating system
  • Sometimes on labels
  • Provide at-a-glance hazard information
  • Flammable/Reactive info is usually good
  • Health info not as good

NFPA Diamonds Contd
  • 4 Deadly Hazard
  • 3 Severe Hazard
  • 2 Moderate Hazard
  • 1 Slight Hazard
  • 0 No Hazard
  • W water reactive
  • OX oxidizer
  • http//

Labeling HMIS System
  • Designed for everyday work with chemicals
  • Number rating system similar to NFPA
  • Includes designation for PPE
  • http//

Routes of Exposure - Inhalation
  • Inhalation of vapors, mists, dusts, etc.
  • Open containers
  • Opening/closing microtubes
  • Open centrifuges
  • Heating
  • Doing dishes
  • Inoculating loops
  • Syringes
  • Sweeping
  • Local and systemic effects depends on
  • Use fume hoods!

Routes of ExposureSkin/Eyes
  • Contact with skin or eyes
  • Usually due to accidental spills
  • Effects largely based on tissue condition
  • Dry vs. moist
  • Cuts abrasions
  • Location thickness varies worst in eyes, at
    groin, between fingers/toes
  • Local and systemic effects depends on
  • Wear chemical splash safety goggles gloves!

Route of Exposure Ingestion
  • Ingestion
  • Usually accidental - bad hygiene
  • Local or systemic effects depends on solubility
  • NEVER eat, drink or chew gum in a lab!
  • NEVER put your mouth on anything in lab!
  • NEVER store anything you intend to ingest in the
    same room with hazardous chemicals
  • DO NOT store chemicals in food containers or v/v
  • WASH your hands frequently and always when you
    leave lab
  • Avoid spreading contamination remove your PPE
    before you leave lab

Routes of Exposure Injection
  • Injection
  • Most dangerous, least likely
  • Broken glassware is biggest culprit
  • Syringes, razor blades, etc.
  • Biohazard vs. Chemical
  • Sharps Containers!

Signs of Exposure
  • External
  • itching/rash/swelling
  • change in breathing/sneezing/coughing
  • discoloration of skin
  • mucous
  • vomiting
  • Internal
  • pain/headache
  • queasy
  • taste
  • irritation to nose/throat
  • dizziness
  • Longer Term Toxic Response
  • organ function/size
  • cell/tissue alteration
  • biochemical changes
  • behavioral changes

Exposure Prevention
  • Know understand the hazards of the chemicals
    and processes if hazards unknown assume the
  • Substitute less hazardous chemicals and
  • Scale down experiments
  • Use proper PPE engineering controls
  • DO NOT work alone in the laboratory at least
    make others aware of your presence!
  • Use common sense!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Eye Protection
  • Gloves
  • Clothing

Eye Protection
  • Indirectly Vented Goggles
  • The best option!
  • Mandatory if risk of chemical splash even if it
    is someone else causing it!
  • Glasses with side shields may be appropriate
  • Entering a lab with no chemicals being used
  • Instrument rooms where no or minor amounts of
    contained chemicals are being used
  • Where impact of large particles is the only issue
  • Doing dishes
  • Face shields Use when extra face and neck
    protection is desired
  • Face shield is not adequate alone also need
    goggles underneath!

Other Eye Protection Issues
  • Prescription eyewear is not usually impact
    resistant, so it fails to meet ANSI Z-87
  • Must have tempered glass with side shields
  • Contact lenses are ok to be worn in lab, but is
    in no way considered protective must wear
  • A fume hood sash does not count as eye protection

Glove Types
  • Disposables
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Cut Resistant
  • Voltage Resistant
  • General Purpose
  • Temperature Resistant

Use the Right Glove for the Job
  • Glove material charts (chemsafe website)
  • Latex not meant for chemical resistance
  • Vinyl aqueous solutions, alcohols
  • Nitrile non-halogenated solvents
  • Neoprene
  • Rubber
  • Keep in mind time of direct exposure

Safe Glove Practices
  • Inspect gloves for pinholes
  • Avoid immersion or prolonged direct exposure to
    hazardous chemicals
  • Be aware of what you are touching with you
    contaminated gloves keep lab pens
  • Discard or wash after use
  • Wash hands after use
  • Removal

Protective Clothing
  • Full Coverage Clothing
  • less exposed skin, less chemical exposure
  • worst to have midsection upper thigh exposed
  • Lab Coats Aprons choose the material to match
    the job
  • Closed Toe Shoes
  • Leather uppers
  • Glassware/physical hazards and chemical exposure
  • Jewelry - watches and rings can trap chemicals

Engineering ControlsChemical Fume Hood
Air flows through the face and out the vents in
Factors that affect airflow
  • Sash Height
  • Drafts
  • Bulky objects inside

Fume Hoods General Rules
  • 80-120 fpm
  • Work 6 inside opening
  • Sash height
  • Avoid turbulence (movement, doors/windows)
  • Do not overload with chemicals/equipment
  • Always use with volatile chemicals
  • Not to be used as eye protection!

First Aid Chemical Exposure Procedures
  • The College at Brockport Science Departments
    Procedures for Injured Students, Visitors,
  • Standard First Aid for cuts, burns, etc.
  • Hazen/personal physician vs Lakeside
  • UP x2222 or 395-2222 on cell phone
  • Also covers exposure treatment
  • Accident Report
  • On chemsafe website

Emergency Response Equipment
Ask yourself
  • Do I know where they are located?
  • Do I know how to use?
  • Do I know that they work?
  • Are they accessible?

Treatment for Dermal Exposure
  • Rinse with tepid water for a minimum of 15 min.
  • Small Area vs. LARGE Area
  • Call UP (x2222) Provide MSDS
  • In all cases
  • Remove jewelry/watches and any contaminated
    clothing (including socks/shoes if shower is
  • Avoid spreading contamination especially to the
    eyes! Cut off clothing if necessary!
  • Pull the MSDS(s) look for any special treatment
    and/or warnings about delayed reactions - Hazard
    Info First Aid (sections 3 4)
  • NEVER apply neutralization solutions to acid/base
  • NEVER apply creams, lotions, or sprays.

Dermal Exposure Follow up
  • If no further irritation arises - the area can be
    washed with soap and water
  • Mild irritation can be left exposed to the air
    after rinsing
  • If the irritation gets worse or MSDS states that
    medical attention should be sought immediately
  • Physician
  • UP (x2222) to arrange for immediate
    transportation to Lakeside Hospital provide
  • Report all exposures to CHC
  • Fill out accident report

Treatment for Chemical Contact With Eyes
  • Flood the eyeballs with water for 15-20 minutes
  • Force eyelids open using the thumb and forefinger
  • Roll the eyeballs in all directions to allow
    water to rinse behind the eyeball and lids.
  • Remove contact lenses to ensure rinsing behind
  • Eyes can be covered with a dry, sterile material
    if desired.
  • ALWAYS seek medical attention
  • Report all exposures to CHC ? Accident Report
  • If an eyewash is not available, lay the injured
    party on their back, force the eyelids open, and
    gently pour clean water into the corners of the

Treatment for Chemical Ingestions
  • Contact UP immediately at x2222.
  • Send MSDS with the injured party for emergency
  • Often the MSDS will suggest fluids. DO NOT
    attempt to pour fluids down an unconscious
    persons mouth
  • If no head, neck or spinal damage, it may be
    advised to rotate the body to the side in case of
  • DO NOT induce vomiting unless the chemical is
    extremely toxic and will move to the blood stream
    very quickly.
  • Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation may result in
    contamination of responder
  • Report all exposures to CHC ? accident report

Treatment for Chemical Inhalation
  • Evacuate the area if there is a risk of exposure
    to others.
  • Remove the injured party from the area and into
    fresh air.
  • Often, fresh air or oxygen gas will ease the
    symptoms, but further medical attention is
    usually advised.
  • Call UP at x2222 if fresh air is not enough or if
    multiple people exposed
  • Send MSDS with injured party for emergency
  • Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation may result in
    contamination of responder
  • Report all exposures to CHC ? accident report

Chemical Spill Kit
Each lab must have its own general kit.

Benchtop Kit
The type of kit needed is a function of the type
and volume of chemicals present in the lab.
If specialty kits necessary see CHC
Include gloves, goggles and a lab coat in or near
your kit.
5-gallon Bucket Kit
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Do you know the spilled chemical materials
Immediate health or safety concern? (symptoms of
exposure, fire or reactive hazard, etc.)
Greater than 2.5 liters?
  • EVACUATE the room
  • CLOSE the door
  • Pull the FIRE ALARM (only laboratory personnel)
  • LEAVE the building
  • CALL UP immediately (x2222 or 395-2222)
  • ARRANGE meeting place with UP
  • Use appropriate SPILL KIT
  • Dispose materials as hazardous waste
  • If chemicals considered non-hazardous, clean
    using an inert absorbent (kitty litter, paper
    towels, sponge, etc.) as appropriate.

Emergency Evacuations
  • Equipment
  • Set-ups
  • Water/heating/cooling systems
  • Close fume hoods
  • Notify UP of situation

New Chemical Purchase
  • Have you assessed the hazards before purchasing?
  • Is there a less hazardous substitution?
  • Do you have a proper storage place for this
  • Dont buy anymore than necessary
  • Email purchasing form to CHC prior to purchase
  • Will make sure there is not already an available
  • Inventory
  • Need for SOP, special training, PPE, or first
    aid/spill equipment

Please fill out the following information and email to Dawn Lee ( before or at the time of ordering any chemicals
Chemical Name (please type out full chemical name ) CAS (available in catalog) Manufacturer Catalog size of bottle of bottles Date ordered person ordering Building/Room Chemical will be Stored Method of Purchase (PO, Research, credit card)
For CHC use only  
special provisions required barcode printed
Chemical Storage
  • NO chemicals higher than shoulder level or on the
  • ABC method Incompatibles!
  • Flammable Cabinets
  • Unless immediately in use, store in designated
  • Limit flammables stored in any one cabinet any
    one lab
  • Corrosive Cabinets
  • Use for acids or bases, but not together
  • Nitric acid organic acids (Acetic acid!) should
    be stored separate from one another
  • Refrigerators
  • household vs. flammable vs. explosion proof
  • Use secondary containment to limit vapor build-up
  • Auto-oxidizers
  • Inventory

Step 1 Determine what your wastes are
Chemical Waste Disposal
  • Any chemical that has been used and
  • is no longer considered useful
  • Any chemical you want to throw away
  • Any reagents that are

- old
- out-dated
- left-over
- otherwise useless
Chemical Waste Disposal
Step 2 Make a Hazardous Waste Determination
A chemical waste is a hazardous waste if it
exhibits any of the following characteristics
  • Ignitability
  • Liquid flash point lt 140F (60C) (exception
    lt24 alcohol)
  • Ignitable solids gases
  • Corrosivity - pH is lt 4.0 or gt 10
  • Elemental neutralization is allowed -
  • Reactivity reacts with water, can form
    potentially toxic gases, is unstable or
  • Toxicity EPAs D-list of toxic chemicals

Chemical Waste Disposal
Step 2 Make a Hazardous Waste Determination
  • A chemical waste is a hazardous waste if it
    appears on one of the following RCRA lists
  • B-list PCBs (NYSDEC Regulation)
  • U-list toxic chemicals
  • P-list acutely toxic chemicals
  • F-list spent solvent mixtures
  • OR chemicals you just know are BAD

Chemical Waste Disposal
Step 3 Satellite Accumulation
  • Container
  • Compatible and in good condition
  • Has tight-fitting closure
  • Label (4 things)
  • Words hazardous waste
  • Name of chemical(s)
  • Main Hazard(s) Toxic, Reactive, Ignitable,
  • Date FULL/removed
  • Secondary Containment
  • Must segregate incompatibles
  • One container per waste stream

Packaging Hazardous Waste - General
  • LABELING - remove any old labels, small
  • ALWAYS keep container tightly closed when not in
  • The right size for the right job
  • Keep the bottle clean wipes for P-listed
    chemicals now haz waste
  • Allow head space for vapor expansion
  • Store only in safe secure areas
  • Store only at the Point of Generation
  • If mixtures involved, record approximate comp.
  • Limits on amounts
  • ALL spills with hazardous chemicals are hazardous

Hazardous Waste Tags
  • HAZARDOUS WASTE Bottle Code___________
  • Print Building
  • Your Name_______________________ Room
    No.________ Phone_________
  • Total Amount in Container__________ Container
    of each constituent including water/solvent)
  • 1. ____________________________ 6.
  • 2. ____________________________ 7.
  • 3. ____________________________ 8.
  • 4. ____________________________ 9.
  • 5. ____________________________ 10._____________
  • Check if applicable __ Flammable __ Corrosive
    (pH ___) __ Oxidizer __ Highly Toxic
  • ___ Stench __
    Reactive (__ Water___Shock ___Other
  • To the best of my knowledge, I certify the
    information provided is accurate and the
    hazardous waste generated has been minimized.
    Sign date when moved to Central Storage.
  • Sign Name___________________________________

Mixed Haz Waste Manifest (pg. 1)
Hazardous Waste Organic Liquid Flammable General
Contents For EXACT composition, refer to log
sheet _______ Room Satellite Accumulation
Start Date
Mixed Haz Waste Manifest (pg. 1)
Organic Liquid Hazardous Waste Only SUNY College
at Brockport   Room ________ Name of Person
Responsible______________ Bottle Code_____
Date Bottle Filled______________________Total
Volume_________________   Date Bottle Removed to
Central Storage_________________
Mixed Haz Waste Manifest (pg. 2)
Please attach this sheet to the hazardous waste
bottle upon removal to Central storage. The
detailed profile should be retained by the
faculty member/department.    Summary of
Hazardous Waste Profile Hazardous
characteristic categorized as ignitable,
corrosive, reactive, toxic, acute hazard or other
special traits such as oxidizer or poison   Total
Volume Chemical Hazardous characteristic(s)
Room Collected __________ Name of Person
Responsible______________________   Date Bottle
Filled____________ Total Volume________________
_ Date Bottle Removed to Central
Chemical Waste Disposal
Step 4 Central Storage
  • Secure Proper Label (white copy of EHS labels)
  • Contact for removal from lab
  • CHM? Beth Gregory or Individual PI
  • BIO ? Dawn Newman or Dawn Lee
  • ENV ? Hilary Richardson or Dawn Lee
  • ESC, PHS ? Dawn Lee
  • NO reactives in Central Storage contact CHC if
    reactive chemical
  • Add yellow Hazardous Waste sticker
  • Copy of tag or 2nd pg. of manifest in drop box in

Other General Haz Waste Issues
  • No evaporation of solvents up the fume hood
  • Mixture rule (including saturated paper,
    filtering aides, etc.)
  • Generally NO treatment of waste
  • Students can perform as part of procedure
  • Elemental neutralization log sheets - reporting
  • Waste oil haz vs. non-haz
  • Old chemicals get rid of them!
  • RCRA Empty
  • Chemical removed by conventional means no more
    than 3 by weight of total capacity
  • P-listed waste 3x rinse dispose of all as haz

Reuse or Disposal of Empty Bottles
  • In ALL cases
  • Inform CHC of the empty bottle, so it can be
    removed from inventory
  • If reusing
  • Rinse clean with appropriate solvent if necessary
  • Remove mfg. label, and add a new, compliant label
  • Compatibility!
  • If disposing
  • All glass (whole or broken) to be disposed of
    should be collected separately from paper waste
  • All glass to be disposed of should be rinsed
  • Collect glass in a sturdy cardboard box labeled
    Broken Glass
  • Seal the box well with packing tape and dispose

Universal Waste
  • Categories
  • Lamps
  • Batteries (other than alkaline)
  • Mercury containing devices (unbroken)
  • Pesticides
  • Rules
  • Closed containers
  • Labeling
  • IF you have these, contact CHC for details on

Lab Security
  • Practical legal issue
  • Lock doors when no one is in the lab
  • Limit key distribution
  • Particularly hazardous chemicals 2 security

Physical Hazards in the Lab
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Cryogens
  • Electrical
  • Temperature
  • Pressure Work
  • Glassware
  • Refrigerators
  • Centrifuges
  • Tripping falling objects

Gas Cylinders
  • Gases are chemicals
  • Chemical Hazards flammable, corrosive,
  • Asphyxiation
  • Ventilation PPE
  • Labeling
  • Shut off cylinder valve Leaks
  • Physical Hazards - Treat with respect
  • High pressure can create a rocket
  • NO homemade connectors to alter valves, fittings,
    or regulators
  • Transport on a secured cart do not roll or drag
  • Secure gas cylinders when in storage or use

  • Same issues as compressed gas cylinders plus
  • Liquid O2 can be condensed out of air
  • - Liquid O2 can be very dangerous keep away
    from organic matter and flammable gases
  • Extreme cold (effect on flesh as well as
    materials that can become brittle)
  • Transfer from one container to another
  • Minimum of indirectly vented goggle suggested
    face shield and full body coverage advised
  • Transfer slowly
  • Check hosing and containers used for transfers

Electricity in the Lab
  • Do not use 2 prong plugs
  • Remove any damaged cords and replace
  • No bare wires EVER!
  • Do not overload circuits
  • Do not use extension cords as permanent set-up
  • Do not use any sparking electrical equipment
    around flammable vapors
  • Special stirring motors, heaters, refrigerators
  • Never bypass electrical safety equipment
  • Try to keep electrical sources away from water

Phone Numbers/Websites
  • Anytime you think you should call 911, call
  • University Police x2222
  • Dawn Lee, CHC x5873
  • Dave Turkow, EHS Director CHO x2005
  • Sarah Klein, EHS Assistant Director x2495

New Equipment Purchases
  • Do you have the space to operate safely?
  • Special electrical, heating, cooling, ventilation
  • Special PPE?
  • Radioactive or laser sources?
  • Safeguards available for any physical hazards?
  • Safeguards available for any chemical hazards
    (used in the operation of the equipment)?
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