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1 Physical Sciences Department-Specific Safety Training Dr. Christina Cavalli Spring 2011

2 Why Safety? Why OSHA? Workplace (and other) safety is important! A couple of funny(?) videos: And a serious one:

3 We dont want these kinds of incidents at ACC! EHS personnel cleaning up a chemical spill

4 ACC Safety Organization ACC takes safety seriously. College organizational chart: Science Safety Committee: Training for Faculty: ningReqsTable% pdf

5 Physical Sciences Safety General Safety Applies to everyone Lab Safety Applies to everyone using a lab room Training occurs before doing ANY labs Additional training done as required for specific labs Field Safety Applies to everyone in a field activity Includes any class-required meeting outside ACC buildings

6 Where to Get Information ACC Science Safety Important: New flow charts for Injury and Non-injury Incidents Incidents and Accidents Physical Sciences button has safety training and information for Faculty, Staff, Students and Visitors

7 Other Sci Safe Website Information Science Safety Committee lists Committee Members and contact information Science Safety Plan contains handbook and lots of information Field Activities has safety training and information for field activities EHS and Insurance Office has lots of links to forms and other safety information

8 Physical Sciences Safety on Blackboard Blackboard site class: Physical Sciences Department Safety Training for Employees How to access Blackboard: From ACC homepagehttp://www.austincc.edu/http://www.austincc.edu/ Direct link https://acconline.austincc.edu/https://acconline.austincc.edu/

9 On Blackboard Site EHS HazCom EHS/PhysSci Presentation and Quiz for yearly training Department Safety Training Current department presentation; Training forms Student Safety Training Forms Blank Forms and Answer Keys for each labroom Safety Contract to be signed after training Field Activities Forms New forms and info for field activities Other Safety Forms Specific safety information for certain labs Other useful information Information and Frequently Asked Questions My Grades

10 Safety in the Lab Before doing any labs, Student Safety Training should be done. Use current forms from Blackboard for your labroom. Students get BLANK forms to fill out. Instructors use answer sheet for training. Students sign Safety Contract. Instructor makes copy to keep and sends original to me (Chris Cavalli – CYP) after all students have been trained.

11 Who is Responsible? Instructors are responsible for safety in the lab, along with the lab techs. Instructors and lab techs may supervise potentially hazardous procedures, but hourly employees (lab assistants) may not. Train students at the beginning of the semester. Train students and/or remind them of specific hazards before each lab.

12 Physics/Engineering Lab Safety Projectiles Masses in motion (including the centripetal force lab) are potentially hazardous. Safety goggles should be worn by both students and instructors. Heat and Cold Use of hot plates and boiling water should only be done under supervision of instructor and/or lab technician. Any lab experiment that involves boiling water requires students to wear closed-toed shoes (not sandals or flip flops) and long pants. Lead and other toxic materials No food or drink should be near these items. Wash hands thoroughly after handling them.

13 Lasers Generally we use low-powered lasers which are relatively safe, but take care to avoid eye exposure. Heavy, Cumbersome or Potentially Hazardous Equipment Students should be told which equipment they should not lift (air tracks). Some equipment has sharp pieces and students should be reminded to handle with care. Radiation Sources Only low level sources should be used and should be handled sparingly. Electricity When students investigate electricity, check circuits before powering. Always use care when doing anything involving electricity.

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15 Geology/Environmental Science Lab Safety Dilute Hydrochloric Acid Use the dilute hydrochloric acid sparingly (one drop will cause a reaction). Rinse specimens with a water wash bottle once they have tested them. The wash water is generally collected in plastic beakers and can be disposed down the drain in the lab sinks. All bottles of liquid in the lab (dilute acid, water, etc.) must be properly labeled. Heat and Cold Use of hot plates and boiling water should only be done under supervision of instructor and/or lab technician. Any lab experiment that involves boiling water requires students to wear closed-toed shoes (not sandals or flip flops) and long pants.

16 Hardness and Streak Plates Put plates on lab table for testing. Do not hold them in your hand. The sharp sides of all glass hardness plates should by protected with tape (the lab techs have taped them). Cracked or broken glass plates must be disposed of in the broken glass disposal box, either in geology or the chem/bio labs. Lead, Arsenic, Mercury Faculty and students should wash their hands after handling samples of lead minerals (e.g. galena, anglesite and cerussite), arsenic minerals (e.g. realgar and orpiment), mercury minerals (e.g. cinnabar), and uranium ore (carnotite, pitchblende, uraninite, and autunite) Electricity All electrical items should be unplugged by pulling on the plug, not the cord.

17 Field Activities All lab safety rules apply. Separate field activities training will occur each year, usually in January. Safety issues include transportation, vehicle safety, and traffic dangerous plants and animals rock fall and other environmental hazards safe specimen acquisition

18 Some EHS Updates Drivers for any ACC event must be approved Glassware inventory Donated items must be approved EHS Document review Robert Rogers, EHS Coordinator Emergency team training Kristine Elderkin, Emergency Management Coordinator

19 Funny Safety video GkI

20 Why Safety? A Little Introduction Penn and Teller Zarbod ature=related


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