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Incompatible Chemicals

The following is a quick reference of incompatibilities for many chemicals commonly encountered in the laboratory. It is not a comprehensive list of all possible combinations and chemicals. For details on any chemical, check the MSDS. Acetic acid with chromic acid, ethylene glycol, hydroxyl compounds, nitric acid, perchloric acid, permanganates, peroxides Acetone with concentrated [...]

Incompatible Chemicals2018-10-27T03:40:47+00:00

Flammable Liquids Storage Guidelines

It is recommended that all flammable chemicals be kept in an approved flammable liquid storage cabinet when not in use. It is required to store flammable liquids in appropriate storage cabinets when quantities exceed the Total Allowable Quantities. For the purposes of this guidance [...]

Flammable Liquids Storage Guidelines2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Lab Safety Audit

Laboratory self-audits provide an opportunity for departments, faculty, staff and students to foster a culture of safety by focusing on safety topics specific to each research laboratory. It is recommended that laboratories conduct routine audits of the laboratory facility. Self-audits provide a method for laboratories to identify hazards, identify program deficiencies, and correct unsafe conditions [...]

Lab Safety Audit2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Particularly Hazardous Chemicals

A particularly hazardous chemical is a chemical substance and associated laboratory operation, procedure, or activity considered sufficiently hazardous to require prior approval. The following classes of chemical are considered particularly hazardous: Allergen (Sensitizer): A foreign agent or substance that is capable of causing an immune response in an individual. In most cases, initial exposure results [...]

Particularly Hazardous Chemicals2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Chemical Handling Rules

The following rules should be used for all work involving chemicals. Accidents and Spills: Eye contact: Promptly flush eyes with water for a prolonged period (15 minutes) and seek medical attention. Ingestion: Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet. Skin Contact: Promptly flush the affected area with water and remove any contaminated clothing. If symptoms [...]

Chemical Handling Rules2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Standard Operating Procedure FAQ

What is a Chemical Hygiene Plan and Standard Operating Procedures? OSHA recognized the need for a regulation that focused on the unique nature of laboratory work; thus, the Laboratory Standard (29CFR1910.1450) was developed. This performance oriented rule is intended to provide laboratories with the flexibility of implementing safe work practices and procedures specific to [...]

Standard Operating Procedure FAQ2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Guidelines for Preparing SOPs

  A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a set of written procedures explaining how to safely work with hazardous chemicals or safely complete a hazardous process. Different methods can be used to write an SOP: SOPs may be written according to: The Hazardous Chemical: ethidium bromide, acrylamide, methylene chloride, formaldehyde The Process Involved: distillation, [...]

Guidelines for Preparing SOPs2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Radiological Safety

Utah State University is licensed to use radioactive materials and devices by Utah's Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control. Under this license, authority to review and approve campus uses of regulated radiological materials and devices is generally delegated to the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC). The license also establishes a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for implementation [...]

Radiological Safety2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Radiological Spill Guidelines

Promptly contact the Radiation Safety Officer if: 1 milli-Curie or more of radioactive material is spilled, A person becomes contaminated with radioactive material, Spilled radioactive material becomes fixed to a surface, Radioactive material volatizes or becomes airborne outside a fume hood, or You would like our assistance with resolving a radiological spill. Radiation Safety [...]

Radiological Spill Guidelines2018-10-27T03:40:48+00:00

Radiological Waste (Hazardous Waste)

Research is often made possible or enhanced by the use of radioisotopes. Some radiological waste generation is inevitable from manipulation of dispensable materials, expired sealed sources and defective X-Ray equipment. Such waste must be handled and disposed of according to state and federal regulations. The EHS Office provides support for collection, storage and disposal of [...]

Radiological Waste (Hazardous Waste)2018-10-27T03:40:49+00:00