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Laboratory Safety Information and Resources

The following information is a partial listing of various safety sites and resources available at the University of Kentucky. All new students, staff, faculty, and visiting scientists in the Department should become familiar with this information. Please keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list and that much more additional information is available by calling the different safety units, checking library sources, manufacturer information etc.

All lab personnel should review a checklist to make sure that they have received appropriate safety training.

Bio/Ag Security Links
Employee Safety Handbook Developed for new persons but also a good review for others
Training Classes Listing of various training classes available to lab workers
University Chemical Hygiene Plan Lab workers must read this manual before beginning work
Biosafety Manual Must be read by persons working with biological samples, infectious agents or recombinant DNA
Radiation Safety Manual Must be read by persons working with radioisotopes, lasers, and other radiation sources
Hazardous Waste Manual Must be read by anyone working with hazardous waste
Safety Videos Videos available from Occupational Health and Safety


Biosafety Manual

Must be read by persons working with biological samples, infectious agents or recombinant DNA

Biohazard bags

Proper use of biohazard autoclave bags

Blood and body fluids

Cleaning protocols

Needles/sharps/glass disposal

Guidelines for proper disposal

Infectious agents

Resources and guidelines

Recombinant DNA

Resources and guidelines

BL1 lab practices

Excellant overview of BL1 practices from the University of Michigan

General Safety Practices

General procedures used in biological research labs

Spill procedures

Biological spill procedures

Waste batteries

Disposal of spent batteries

Fluorescent light waste

Disposal of fluorescent lighting waste

Lab Safety Alerts Descriptions of recent lab accidents
Accident reporting Procedures for reporting accidents and emergencies
First aid assistance Procedures for handling emergency situations
Laboratory inspection guidelines Form for self-inspection of laboratories
Safety Standards Criteria for safety features in labs using chemicals
Grants and Contracts Checklist Excellent checklist required before initiating research projects
Lab Security Review of lab security protocols
Sewer Use Review of use of sanitary and storm sewers
Compressed gases Guidelines for safe storage and handling of gas cylinders
Cryogenic materials Guidelines for safe storage and handling
Drinking water Description of drinking water quality
Office ergonomics Description of ergonomic issues
Lab ergonomics Description of ergonomic issues
Lab Setup and Exit Provides details on setting up and closing a research lab
Surplusing Equipment Guidelines on surplusing lab equipment
Air quality Factors affecting indoor air quality
Extension cords Official UK policy on use of extension cords
Microwave use Official UK policy on use of microwave ovens
Recycle container use Official UK policy on use and location of recycle containers
Corridor space use Official UK policy on utilization of building corridors
Open flames Official UK policy on use of flames on campus
Severe weather Guidelines to follow in the event of severe weather

MSDS Sites Listing of MSDS sites and use of information (kindly supplied by UK Chemistry)
Carcinogens Listing of known and suspected carcinogenic compounds
Incompatable chemicals Listing of chemicals which are incompatible
Hazard ratings Information on use of NFPA fire diamond hazard rating for chemicals.
Compressed gases Guidelines for safe storage and handling of gas cylinders
Flammable liquids Guidelines for safe storage and handling of flammable liquids
Radioactive Material Use Very useful summary for handling different isotopes
Pregnant Lab Workers Chemical use by pregnant laboratory workers
Peroxide Forming Chemicals List of peroxide-formers
Perchloric Acid Use Information and tips on using perchloric acid.
Moving chemicals Guidelines for moving chemicals
Solvents UK policy on solvents, forage and use
Mercury free thermometers Proper use of mercury-free thermometers
Mercury spills Protocols for handling mercury spills and releases
Chemical spills Protocols for hangling chemical spills
Free Chemicals Chemicals available free of charge
Thermometer Exchange Program UK program that exchanges non-mercury for mercury thermometers

Glove selection guide Listing of chemical resistances of various glove materials (a very useful resource)
Personal protective equipment Information on choosing the appropriate protective equipment
Fumehood use Guidelines for safe use of fumehoods
Eyewash/shower use Guidelines for proper use eyewashes and emergency showers
Fire Safety and Fire Extinguishers How to properly select and use fire extinguishers
Respriator use UK respiratory program and training

Hazardous waste Information on what is hazardous waste and handling procedures
Hazardous waste Additional information
Waste handling IMPORTANT information on handling hazardous waste (from UK Chemistry)
Needle/sharps/glass disposal Guidelines for proper disposal
Biohazard bags Proper use of biohazard autoclave bags (important guidelines)
Radiation waste Guidelines for handling radioactive waste

Occupational Health for Animal Workers Important information and forms from the University Veterinarian
Animal Use Regulations Information and forms on animal use in research and teaching
Animal Worker Training Training available from the University Veterinarian

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