Materials Science and Engineering requires all those involved with experimental research to file with the Department office an up to date Laboratory Safety Report. Before you commence any new experimental project, you must prepare a safety report. Forms are available from the Departmental Office. Failure to file a Safety Report may result in Laboratory privileges being revoked.
The Laboratory Safety report is made of a cover page and the applicable detailed content of safe work practices specific to your work. Please down load the department safety report cover page. Complete this page selecting all of the hazards applicable to your work. If the list does not cover a hazard you have, there is space to add those hazards. Please be very specific about the safety precaustions you describe, relating safety procedures about what could happen doing your research. When the content of you report is complete prepend the content with this cover page have your supervisor review and sign the report. Then give the finished report to Ed McCaffery JHE-248 x24985.
Note: The laboratory safety report is not meant to be a detailed description of your experimental procedure it is meant to explain your understanding of how to do your specific research without injury to yourself or anyone else.
Please be specific to the work that you are doing and avoid the temptation to write a general handbook on working safely in the lab. You need to look at the hazards that your work inherently has and decide what it is that you need to do to prevent injury. Also, just as important to detail that you understand what you should do if something goes wrong.
The content of the report should essentially be comprised of a document that will answer 2 questions.
FIRST, What do you need to do to prevent yourself and others from being effected/hurt by the hazards in your work?
With relation to the hazards listed on the cover page. You need to explain what would be best practises when working with your materials.
If there are Toxic hazards what do you need to do to prevent exposure. Do you need to work in a fume hood? Do you need a breathing apparatus, simple mask or one with specific filters? Do you need glasses or goggles or faceshield, protective clothing, if gloves what kind?
Please note that the least effective prevention of exposure to a hazard is to put protective equipment on the person. It is always best practise to find other means when possible to prevent exposure to hazards.You should show as best you can that you understand what is appropriate safe practices to follow in doing your research.
SECOND, What do you do when you are inadvertantly exposed to a hazard?