Safety Matters

Safety is the responsibility of everyone in the department. Students, teaching assistants, staff and professors all share this obligation.

The Laney-Manion Building Emergency Plan describes how to respond to hazardous situations such as fires, hazardous chemicals and dangerous individuals with guns.

The Chemistry Department maintains a chemical hygiene plan designed to protect the health and safety of both students and faculty.

Safety training is required of all UCA personnel responsible for supervising instructional laboratories including undergraduate teaching assistants.

The American Chemical Society offers an inexpensive reference book addressing safety issues in academic laboratories. In 2012 the American Chemical Society sponsored a report on “safety culture” in academic laboratories.

Guidelines for separation and storage of chemicals were provided by Indiana University.

The Chemical National Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public and the environment.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a chemical safety page.

Material Safety Data Sheets are available at the following web sites:

www.hazard.com

www.fisherSci.com

www.sigmaaldrich.com

Chemical hazards are indicated using the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) diamond shown at right.hhh

An alternate method of communicating chemical hazards is being adopted by the US and other countries over the past decade. This new approach is termed the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The genesis of GHS is described at this website.