LAB SAFETY AWARENESS AND CHEMICAL
SAFETY FOR NON-LAB PERSONNEL
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management
Non-Lab Personnel Guidelines
Coordinate with lab personnel
Fume hood concerns
Consider your actions
Potential Lab Hazards
Responsibilities of Lab Personnel
GUIDELINES FOR NON-LAB PERSONNEL
Non-laboratory personnel whose job duties
include performing work in UAF laboratories
must follow these guidelines.
You are also required by law to have Hazard
Communication Training (Hazcom).
This training is available online through EHS&RM.
COORDINATE WITH LAB PERSONNEL
Coordinate your work with the Lab Supervisor by
doing the following:
Explain the work that will be performed, especially
any actions that could affect lab operations.
Give advanced warning for the following
Utility shut-offs, so experiments and sensitive materials
can be protected with alternative power sources
Use of equipment that may generate heat or sparks, so
flammable materials can be safely stored away from the
COORDINATE WITH LAB PERSONNEL (CONT.)
Wait for lab personnel to clear the work area of
hazardous materials and contamination before
Do not move lab equipment or chemicals without
direct assistance or approval from lab personnel.
Contact your supervisor and wait for instructions if
there is no one in the lab to assist you when
laboratory equipment or chemicals need to be
Do not start work until specifically cleared to do so.
Protect yourself from hazards in laboratories:
Enter labs only when necessary, preferably when
lab personnel are present.
Do not bring food or drink into a lab.
Wash your hands after leaving a lab.
Wear proper clothing—no shorts.
Wear proper shoes—closed-toe, low heels, no
Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when
PROTECT YOURSELF: PPE
PPE for protecting yourself from hazards in
Single-use surgical type nitrile gloves are
recommended to protect against potential
contamination. Other types of gloves may be
required. Check with the Lab Supervisor.
Eye protection (many labs require safety glasses
to be worn at all times)
FUME HOOD CONCERNS
Do not remove or disturb equipment or materials located in the
Wait for laboratory staff to remove equipment and supplies and
decontaminate the inside surface if necessary.
Before ANY work can be done, check with the Lab
Supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator/Officer or UAF
Industrial Hygienist to determine whether the fume hood
has been used for work with perchloric acid.
Wear proper gloves for work inside a fume hood.
Disposable coveralls are recommended.
Immediately wash or dispose of the gloves and coveralls after
CONSIDER YOUR ACTIONS
Consider how your actions will affect the building occupants:
Never turn off building alarms without first coordinating with
your supervisor and the department.
Notify the department in advance if your work requires
turning off a blower, de-energizing an electrical circuit, or
disrupting any utilities.
Unanticipated interruptions may expose people to
Avoid using hazardous materials, strong-smelling materials,
or combustion-driven equipment inside the building or near
CONSIDER YOUR ACTIONS (CONT.)
Do not pour hazardous materials down the drain or dump them
anywhere on campus.
Dispose of hazardous waste properly. Call EHS&RM Hazmat
Division 474-5617 for assistance.
Keep hallways and stairways clear to allow emergency exit.
Do not block extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, electrical
panels, or emergency eyewashes or showers.
Expect extra precautions for work in "clean rooms“. Clean rooms
are special facilities where samples, experiments, and/or
equipment are highly susceptible to germs, dust, and dirt.
Expect to be asked to wear coveralls, a gown, a mask, or other
protective gear to protect these items from possible
CONSIDER YOUR ACTIONS (CONT.)
Do not put equipment, tools, coats or any other
items you brought into the lab on the bench tops.
You may be asked to leave certain items outside
If cleaning the laboratory floor, do not put waste
baskets, chairs, etc. on the bench tops.
POTENTIAL LAB HAZARDS
Be aware of potential lab hazards and how to protect
yourself against them.
If you see a hazardous situation, notify the lab personnel
or EHS&RM (474-6771 or 474-5197).
If you have safety questions about any equipment,
chemical, or process in the lab, do not hesitate to ask
lab personnel for information.
Types of hazards:
POTENTIAL LAB HAZARDS: CHEMICALS
Chemical hazards fall into 4 main categories
Do not touch any chemicals in a lab.
If you need chemicals moved, ask the lab personnel to
move them or call EHS&RM for assistance (474-5617).
If you notice a spill, or a leaking container, notify lab
personnel or EHS&RM immediately.
The spilled material may be an inhalation hazard—do not
remain in the area.
Includes (but not limited to):
PHYSICAL HAZARDS:COMPRESSED GASES
Compressed gas cylinders must be restrained in an upright
position in the lab.
If you see unrestrained gas cylinders, ask the lab
personnel to secure the tank, or call EHS&RM (474-
5617) for assistance.
Be careful when working around tanks—avoid situations
where you could accidentally hit the regulator with a tool.
If tanks are in the way, ask lab personnel to move them or
arrange for them to be moved.
PHYSICAL HAZARDS: ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
Always inspect electrical cords prior to use. Do not
use if they are cracked or have exposed wiring.
Never use electrical appliances near water.
Make sure hands are dry when unplugging a
Do not overload outlets.
Avoid excessive use of extension cords.
Never override the safety features on electrical
PHYSICAL HAZARDS: LASERS
A laser is a device that emits a pencil-like beam of
either visible or invisible electromagnetic radiation
Only authorized personnel are allowed in the
vicinity of lasers. Check with the Lab Supervisor
PHYSICAL HAZARDS: THERMAL
Thermal hazards include
both hot and cold objects.
Walk-in coolers or
Liquid nitrogen (LN2)
PHYSICAL HAZARDS: RADIATION
Radioisotope use at UAF includes both
sealed and unsealed sources.
Sealed: gas chromatographs,
Unsealed: 3H, 14C, 32P, 125I
Never enter a lab or room containing
radioactive materials without
authorization from the Lab Supervisor or
the UAF Radiation Safety Officer (474-
You will see other signs like these on doors, cabinets,
trucks, storage tanks, and in various other places around
Pay attention to what they say and follow instructions.
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION AGENCY (NFPA)
The NFPA developed the diamond
shaped numerical hazard rating for
health hazard (blue), flammability
(red), reactivity (yellow) and special
notices (white). The higher the
number (from 0-4), the greater the
RESPONSIBILITIES OF LAB PERSONNEL
Keep access to emergency shower and eye wash
clear at all times.
Keep work areas free of clutter.
Keep all aisles, stairs, corridors, and stairwells free
of equipment, boxes, chemicals, and debris.
Properly manage and label hazardous waste.
Communicate potential lab hazards and personal
protective equipment (PPE) requirements to any
non-lab personnel with proper signs and tags.
For all emergencies, dial 911 or 474-7721
Ifyour clothing catches on fire, drop and roll to
put out the flames. Immediately notify lab
personnel and your supervisor of the incident.
Chemical spill on clothing
Get to the safety shower immediately and remain
there for at least 15 minutes. Remove
contaminated clothing while in the shower.
Notify lab personnel and your supervisor of the
EMERGENCY RESPONSE (CONT.)
Chemical splashes to the eye
Immediately go to the eye wash station and flush
eyes with water for at least 15 minutes.
Hold lids open to allow water to reach all surfaces of
the eye and eyelids.
Seek medical attention and notify lab personnel and
your supervisor of the incident immediately.
Immerse burned area under cold, running water
as soon as possible.
Seek medical attention and notify lab personnel
and your supervisor of the incident immediately.
General information and assistance, information on
Hazmat disposal or spill response
General lab safety
Help with PPE selection
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UAF Safety Training PowerPoints
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