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App State Undergrad Safety

App State Undergrad Safety



The undergraduate laboratory safety program at Appalachian State

The undergraduate laboratory safety program at Appalachian State



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    • 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
    • What is needed?
    • Support from the chairperson & administration
      Faculty & Staff dedicated to promoting safe practices
      Ability to enforce safety
      Time and Materials to teach safety
    • Start With the Basics
      Traditional Incorporation of Safety
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 2008 CPT Guidelines & Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs
    • 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
    • 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
    • Safety Supplement to the Guidelines
      Safety and Safety Education
      Safety Supplement to the Guidelines
    • 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
    • Safety and Safety Education – Topics
      Hazard Identification
      Methods to Minimize or Reduce Risk
      Hazard & Risk Information
    • Safety and Safety Education
      Safety Procedures & Processes
      Chemical Hygiene Plan/Safety Rules
      Emergency reporting system
      Risk assessments for research projects
    • Designing a Safety Course
      Topics that address the Guidelines & Emphasize the Safety Culture
    • While all laboratory courses teach safe chemical practices…
      An undergraduate lecture based safety course can emphasize the development of “A Safety Culture”
    • 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
    • Chemical Safety
      A One Credit Hour Course
    • 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
    • Course Topics, cont.
      Chemical Hygiene & Emergency Response Plans
      Health and Hazards
      Managing Chemicals Safely
      Safe Solvent Handling
      Labeling and Inventory Control
    • Course Topics, cont.
      The Material Safety Data Sheet
      Personal Protective Equipment
      Spills and Waste Management
      Fume Hoods
      Compressed Gases
    • 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
    • Particularly helpful sites for teaching
      NOAA's site CAMEO Chemicals - http://cameochemicals.noaa.gov/
      NIH's ChemIDPlus Advanced - http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/
      CSB's site - http://www.chemsafety.gov/default.aspx
    • Evaluation
      Online quizzes (Lab Standard & MSDSs)
      Create an MSDS
      2 or 3 Exams
      Standardized ACS Final Exam
    • Activities
      Students are taken on an tour of our newly renovated stockroom
      Students are shown the temporary waste accumulation site
    • 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
    • Course Materials
      Use email sigmannsb@appstate.edu and “safe4u” as the password
      Check links and regulations for your state