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App State Undergrad Safety

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