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App State Undergrad Safety


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The undergraduate laboratory safety program at Appalachian State

The undergraduate laboratory safety program at Appalachian State

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  • 1. Incorporating the New ACS Safety Guidelines Into the Undergraduate Program
    Samuella B. Sigmann, NRCC CHO
    Appalachian State University
    Boone, North Carolina
    239th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    March 22, 2010
    San Francisco, California
  • 2. What is needed?
  • 3. Support from the chairperson & administration
    Faculty & Staff dedicated to promoting safe practices
    Ability to enforce safety
    Time and Materials to teach safety
  • 4. Start With the Basics
    Traditional Incorporation of Safety
  • 5. Traditional Incorporation of Safety Into the Curriculum
    All incoming students view the ACS “Starting with Safety” video
    All students must pass the Safety Quiz and sign a Safety Agreement before working in the lab
    Each experiment details chemical hazards, proper PPE, waste disposal, etc.
  • 6. Additionally,
    TAs for the freshman labs must complete the online safety course and score >80 on the online exam
    Research students must
    Complete the online safety course
    Score 100 on the online exam
    Complete and sign a check sheet for the lab
  • 7. 2008 CPT Guidelines & Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs
  • 8. 4.5 Chemical Safety Resources
    Adherence to federal and state regulations regarding hazardous waste management and laboratory safety including -
    Development of a written chemical hygiene plan
    Maintenance of proper facilities and personnel for chemical waste disposal
    Safety information and reference materials
    PPE readily available to all students and faculty
    2008 CPT Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs
  • 9. 7.3 Laboratory Safety Skills
    Approved programs should promote a safety-conscious culture in which students understand the concepts of safe laboratory practices and how to apply them.
    A high degree of safety awareness should begin during the first laboratory course, and…
    …both classroom and laboratory discussions must stress safe practices.
    2008 CPT Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs
  • 10. Safety Supplement to the Guidelines
    Safety and Safety Education
    Safety Supplement to the Guidelines
  • 11. Safety and Safety Education – Culture
    Safety Awareness
    Development of a positive attitude
    Faculty that exemplify good safety practice
    Active & visible safety programs
    Student participation in safety committees
  • 12. Safety and Safety Education – Topics
    Hazard Identification
    Methods to Minimize or Reduce Risk
    Hazard & Risk Information
  • 13. Safety and Safety Education
    Safety Procedures & Processes
    Chemical Hygiene Plan/Safety Rules
    Emergency reporting system
    Risk assessments for research projects
  • 14. Designing a Safety Course
    Topics that address the Guidelines & Emphasize the Safety Culture
  • 15. While all laboratory courses teach safe chemical practices…
    An undergraduate lecture based safety course can emphasize the development of “A Safety Culture”
  • 16. Adding a Lecture Safety Course to the Curriculum will better
    Prepare chemists for industry
    Prepare the next generation of academic research chemists
    Teach information gathering skills
    Raise safety to an equal status in the curriculum with other areas of chemistry
  • 17. Chemical Safety
    A One Credit Hour Course
  • 18. Course Topics
    Safety Agencies
    Historical Overview the Regulatory Agencies
    A Culture of Safety
    Risk Assessment
    Causation & Incident Reporting
    Safe Processes
    OSHA Regulations Governing Laboratories
    1910.1450 v. 1910.1200
    The Laboratory Standard 29 CFR 1900 1450
  • 19. Course Topics, cont.
    Chemical Hygiene & Emergency Response Plans
    Health and Hazards
    Managing Chemicals Safely
    Safe Solvent Handling
    Labeling and Inventory Control
  • 20. Course Topics, cont.
    The Material Safety Data Sheet
    Personal Protective Equipment
    Spills and Waste Management
    Fume Hoods
    Compressed Gases
  • 21. Text and Readings
    Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals (The National Academies Press)
    Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, 7th Edition, Accident Prevention for College and University Students (Volume 1) & Faculty and Administrators (Volume 2), by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Chemical Safety
    The NIOSH Online Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
  • 22. Particularly helpful sites for teaching
    NOAA's site CAMEO Chemicals -
    NIH's ChemIDPlus Advanced -
    CSB's site -
  • 23. Evaluation
    Online quizzes (Lab Standard & MSDSs)
    Create an MSDS
    2 or 3 Exams
    Standardized ACS Final Exam
  • 24. Activities
    Students are taken on an tour of our newly renovated stockroom
    Students are shown the temporary waste accumulation site
  • 25. Future Improvements
    Mock lab inspections
    Design an online version of the course
    Make the safety course required for our majors
    Require research students to include a risk assessment in their research proposal
    Occupational H & S concentration
  • 26. Course Materials
    Use email and “safe4u” as the password
    Check links and regulations for your state