In the Spring 2011 edition of Lab Notes, we discussed proposed changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), commonly known as the Worker Right-to-Know standard. Specifically, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was proposing to adopt major portions of an existing international hazard communication system known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Please click here to stay up to date on these important changes that will impact the look of your Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).
Water-reactive, Peroxide Forming Materials
Peroxide formers such as tetrahydrofuran or ethyl ether are often used as solvents for organometallic materials like n-butyllithium, or methylmagnesium bromide, etc. Due to their reactive nature and peroxide formation potential, these materials pose a special challenge when it comes to waste disposal. Once expired, they become very costly to dispose. Please click here. to find out more about how to label and dispose of water reactive peroxide formers.
Welcome Jon Jutte
Please join us in welcoming Jon Jutte. Jon is the newest member of our laboratory safety team and has replaced Derrick Stratton who has accepted another position. Although Derrick was a true asset to our program and will be missed I am confident you will be impressed with Jon's experience and knowledge as well as his friendly personality. Please click here. to find out more about our newest asset.
Tornado Preparedness for Laboratories
As with any emergency, preparedness is your best defense. Please visit the following link to view our new and informative document on what to do if violent weather is near IUPUI. If you work in a lab please take note.
Removing the Fear Factor from Laboratories
We have had several unfortunate laboratory accidents in recent years which combined with the news media’s sensationalism has resulted in research laboratories developing a bad reputation.
What can we do to educate the public about laboratory safety? How do we remove the fear?
Please click here to view a recent video demonstrating the sensationalism seen in the media today as well as find out 3 ways we can improve the reputation of a research laboratory.
NoCount® Radioactive Decontamination Surface Cleaner Rupture Warning
Aerosol cans of NoCount® Radioactive Decontamination Surface Cleaner that DO NOT have a two-year expiration date printed on the label may rupture unexpectedly. Suspect cans should be immediately removed from service using appropriate hazardous material disposal methods. Aerosol cans of NoCount that DO have a two-year expiration date printed on the label should also be removed from service immediately upon their expiration using appropriate hazardous material disposal methods. To find out more about this important safety notice please click here.