Chemical Engineering, University of Utah
Bob Cox, Author
A safe working environment for students, faculty, and visitors in the Projects Lab is of the utmost concern. All those who work in the lab must follow these safety regulations:
- Points are awarded in the grading of lab reports for compliance with lab safety policy and cleanliness.
- Safety glasses must be worn at all times.
- Food or beverages are not allowed in the lab.
- Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required in the lab.
- Do not pour any chemicals down the drain without prior approval from your instructor or lab manager.
- Proper gloves must be worn when working in lab.
- Nitrile gloves are supplied for routine protection when working with dilute acids and bases.
- Chloroflex II gloves are provided for working with concentrated acids, bases, alcohols and other hazardous chemicals.
- More detailed information on proper glove use may be found here: Glove Information (Chad Curvin, Author)
- Face masks, lab coats and Chloroflex II gloves must be worn while working with concentrated acids and bases.
- Mixing chemicals must be done in a fume hood unless the lab manager or lab instructor instructs otherwise.
- All chemical waste must be stored in a sealed and labeled container. Labels must describe the waste chemicals, the lab group and their concentrations.
- Once filled and properly labeled all chemical waste containers must be placed in the hazardous waste satellite accumulation point located just outside room 3520-A.
- Glassware must be cleaned and restocked after use.
- Chemical solutions intended for use at a later date must be stored in a sealed container and clearly labeled with the contents, name of owner and lab group.
- Senior lab closes at 5:00 pm.
- When working on equipment that incorporates rotating shafts such as the extruder or any equipment with a motor, insure that long hair is securely tied back. Check for loose clothing and rings, watches, jewelry that might get caught in moving machinery.
- Work areas must be clean and organized upon completion of lab.
- Prior to beginning your lab assignment each student must attend a safety orientation and sign a safety training log for each experiment.
- Compressed gas cylinders must be properly secured at all times.
- Students are not allowed to move compressed gas cylinders.
- Students are not allowed to remove gas regulators.
- Immediately notify the lab manager of any spilled chemicals or hazardous materials.
- Do not attempt to clean up chemicals or hazardous materials without first notifying the lab manager.
- In the event of a fire or emergency, notify the lab manager and vacate the lab immediately.
- Place all broken glass in the glass waste containers, not in the trash receptacles.
- Never leave experiments unattended!
- Do not install software on lab computers.
- The standard operating proceedures for each piece of equipment must be followed. A list of each piece of equipment may be found here, and most equipment pages have a link to their standard operating proceedures.
- The Chemical Hygiene Plan (Chad Curvin, Author) must be followed at all times.
- Each person working in the lab must be familiar with the Emergency Procedures (Chad Curvin, Author).
Senior Lab Safety Regulations (pdf) (Bob Cox, Author)
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