Contact: Laboratory Safety Officer Dr. Michael De Rosa (610-892-1416, email@example.com)
This document provides general safety guidelines for the instructors who conduct demonstrations or workshops in the biology teaching laboratories (Rooms 303 and 304 Main). Apart from the safety hazards associated with the demonstrations, the equipment and material present in the laboratory rooms may pose physical, biological, and chemical hazards. Please contact the laboratory safety officer/University police for specific questions or concerns.
The chemistry teaching lab spaces will not be available for the program. However, the instructors may be able to use the equipment and material available in the chemistry labs.
- Comply with all local fire and safety rules and regulations, and make sure that you are aware of the emergency response procedures and contact information. (Emergency contact information are posted outside the lab.)
- Both lab rooms are equipped with eyewash stations, safety showers, and fire extinguishers. Locate them before you start the program.
- Identify potential hazards associated with your work. Assess the risk and make every effort to minimize the risk. Prepare for emergencies.
- Understand the properties, chemical reactions, and dangers associated with the chemicals used in the demonstrations. Review Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all chemicals involved.
- Inform the participants not to touch, use, or operate any material or equipment in the lab other than the ones that specifically assigned for the demonstration/workshop.
- Do not taste or consume any food or liquids inside the laboratory, and do not encourage participants to do so.
- Inform the participants about the hazards associated with the demonstrations/procedures, and emphasize and demonstrate the relevent safety precautions.
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, eye protection, aprons, and safety equipment for participants, as necessitated by the potential hazards associated with the demonstration. Provide appropriate PPE for the participants if they will be actively involved in any procedure with identified risks. Avoid latex gloves when possible. (Nitrile gloves will be available in the lab. Eye protection will be provided).
- Use a safety barrier when physical, biological, and chemical hazards exist. Make sure to keep the audience at a safe distance if you are performing any demonstration that could potentially create a fire or explosion hazard. (Please inform the laboratory safety officer if your demonstration could pose a fire or explosion hazard.)
- If the demonstration is designed to produce fire or explosion, please review the risk and safety precautions with the laboratory safety officer in advance.
- Make every effort to minimize the use of (1) highly toxic substances, (2) highly flammable substances, (3) highly infectious materials, (4) sharp objects, and (5) high-speed power tools.
- Ensure that any lasers used are helium-neon lasers with a maximum output power rating not exceeding 1.0 milliwatts.
- Do not dispose of any hazardous waste in drains. Follow proper waste collection procedures, and inform the participants about the waste collection instructions.
Remember to follow RAMP
Assess the risks of hazards
Minimize the risks of hazards
Prepare for emergencies