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Fall 2010

Hydrogen Gas Basics

Amy Donofrio

Did you know that Hydrogen is the lightest of all naturally occurring gases? Were you aware that hydrogen is flammable over a wide range of concentrations (4%-75%in air) and has a low ignition energy? Two major physical hazards of hydrogen are its ability to have a fire at only 4% concentration and an explosion at 18% concentration in air. Laboratory Safety Technician Amy Donofrio provides a summary of hydrogen gas basics and information on porper use and storage of hydrogen in your laboratory.

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Biosafety Basics

Rachel Bennett

Do you know what the terms "Biosafety Containment Levels" and 'Risk Groups" signify? Do you know what personal protective equipment is required in these labs? Do you know how to dispose of the waste from these labs? Biosafety Technician Rachel Bennet answers these questions and more.

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Biohazardous Waste Disposal Guide

Rachel Bennett

Do you know the difference between a sharp and a non-sharp? Do you know how to properly dispose of biohazardous materials? Biosafety Technician Rachel Bennet outlines how to properly dispose of your biohazardous waste.

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Laboratories Continue to Improve

K. Lee Stone

I am pleased to announce that we have completed our Laboratory Safey Surveys for the 2009/2010 school year and we are seeing a continued increase in the number of laboratories with no violations as compared to previous years. This in combination with decrease number of D and F labs and an increase in laboratories on our campus is indicative of a growing research base on our campus with improved safety awareness.


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Featured Employee

Winston Baity

Winston Baity is Laboratory Safety Technician for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Please click on the link to find out more about Wintson.

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Classroom Training:

Laboratory Safety

Bloodborne Pathogens

General Safety


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Laboratory Safety Resources:

IUPUI Chemical Hygiene Plan

Laboratory Safety Handbook

Find MSDS Sheets

Biosafety Manual

Online Hazardous Waste Disposal Form

Eyewash Maintenance Checklist

EHS Homepage


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