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Chemical Safety





EPA's Refrigerant Recycling Rule Requirements for the disposal, recycling or salvage of refrigeration equipment (i.e. air conditioners, growth chambers, refrigerators, or freezers), and refrigerants and oils.


Oxyacetylene Safety Guidelines Instructions on how to handle and equip oxyacetalyne rigs with flashback arrestor (gas safety) devices, including notifying the fire department of such procedures. 


Eye and Face Safety Protection for Laboratory Workers Instructions on how to use and maintain the required eye/facial protections for laboratory work.  


Drain Disposal Guidelines Guidelines of appropriate wastewater disposal methods (what can and cannot go down campus drains).


Chemical Waste Disposal Guidelines Guidelines of appropriate chemical waste disposal. (i.e. light bulbs, aerosol cans, oily wastes, empty containers, etc.)


Radioactive Waste Disposal Guidelines Guidelines of appropriate radioactive waste disposal (i.e. scintillation vials, radioactive solid and liquid waste) and waste minimization techniques. 


Why Didn't the Custodian Pick Up My Trash?  List of materials that custodians will not pick up, and that need to be properly disposed of. 


Guidelines for Chemical Spill Control  List of general steps to follow when a chemical spill occurs, including chemical contact with skin or eyes. 


Safe Use of Nitric Acid List of safety tips to know before handling Nitric Acid.


Guidelines for Mercury Spill Control Safety procedures for evaluating and cleaning-up Mercury spills. 


Safe Use of Perchloric Acid List of safety tips to know before handling Percloric acid. 


Minimizing Aerosol Exposure Examples of laboratory equipment and procedures that generate aerosols and precautions you can take to minimize exposure. 


Safe Use of Phenol List of safety precautions when handling phenol.


Peroxide Formation in Chemicals Information regarding Peroxide formation in chemicals and the different ways these formations can become hazardous. 


Hydrogen Sulfide Hydrogen Sulfide physical characteristics, hazards, and safety tips. 


Controlling Laboratory Ergonomic Risk Factors  Information on how to reduce risk factors for several common laboratory activities. Including pipetting, handling test tubes, and microscope use. 


Hazardous Materials Information and Training Outline of requirements for safety under the Hazardous Substances Information and Training Act. 


Managing Chemical Waste Streams to Reduce Disposal Cost How to properly identify and label hazardous chemical wastes in order to reduce disposal cost.


How to Use a Chemical Fume Hood Safely Information on how to safely use a chemical fume hood including specialty fume hoods, good work practices,  maintaining a protective air barrier, etc. 


Radioactive Spills, Splashes, and Decontamination General decontamination information regarding radioactive spills and splashes.


Guidelines for Pesticide Retention and Disposal Guidelines for registered and non-registered pesticide retention and disposal.


General Guidelines for Storage and Management of Laboratory Chemicals Guidelines to properly manage and store chemicals safely in your work place.


Identification and Segregation of Chemical Waste Guidelines for safe and proper handling of chemical wastes


Alternatives to Chromic/Sulfuric Acid for Cleaning Laboratory Glassware List of Chromic/Sulfuric Acid substitutes used to clean laboratory glassware.


Glossary of SDS Terms Glossary of SDS Terms from A-Z.


Photographic Chemicals Safety tips to know when handling most aqueous chemicals used in black-and-white and color photography. 


Pesticide Storage Guidelines to follow when designing and using pesticide storage areas for agriculture use. 


Guidelines for the Selection of Chemical-Resistant Gloves Guidelines to follow when selecting chemical-resistant gloves.


Selecting Chemical Disinfectants List of disinfectants most commonly used in laboratories, some commercially available products, general use parameters, and more information that will assist you in selecting chemical disinfectants. 


Emergency Medical Care List of urgent care facilities in Davis. 


Ethidium Bromide Solutions Detoxification General information about Ethidium Bromide as well as a list of companies that offer detoxification products. 


How to Monitor Your Lab for Radioactive Contamination How to maintain an ongoing radiation monitoring program for all radionuclide work areas. 


Safety Precautions for Cryogenic Liquids Hazardous information associated with Cryogenic Liquids as well as safety precautions to take when handling cryogenic liquids. 


Compressed Gas Safety General guidelines for use, transport, and storage of gas cylinders. 


Ozone Emissions General information about Ozone Emissions including a list of safety precautions.  


Emergency Eyewash and Shower Testing and Use Information about emergency eyewash and shower use as well as testing procedures and responsibilities. 


Use of Chlorine Compounds as Disinfectants  General information about chlorine compounds as disinfectants. 


Safe Use of Hydrofluoric Acid General chemical properties of Hydrofluoric Acid, including a list safety precautions to take when handling this substance. 


Chemical Substitutes List of chemical substitutes for commonly used chemicals to promote a safer work environment.


Antimicrobials are Pesticides  Guidelines to follow when using antimicrobials. 


The Respiratory Protection Program Information regarding the respiratory protection program. 


Indoor Air Quality General summary of information on IAQ to assist employees in evaluating the present conditions of their work area. 


Safe Use and Management of Picric Acid General information regarding Picric Acid including its chemical properties and its proper storage. 


Pregnancy and Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace: Physical and Biological Hazards General information regarding the physical and biological hazards that can affect pregnancy and reproductive ability; these hazards include ionizing radiation, radiofrequency/microwave radiation, magnetic fields, video display terminals, ultrasound, noise, hot/cold climate, and ergonomic consideration. 


Pregnancy and Reproductive Hazards in the Workplace: Chemical and Radiological Hazards  How to establish standards for handling chemicals and radioactive materials (including ionizing radiation) that can be reproductive hazards for both men and women. 


Power Outages List of actions to take when the power goes out as a result of a planned "rolling blackout" or any other unexpected blackout. The list includes what actions to take in buildings including laboratories with emergency generators. 


Guidelines for Completing the Chemical Waste Label Guidelines for completing the chemical waste label when a container begins to be filled. A tutorial video on how to create a WASTe can be found. 


Required Postings An outline of postings required by Health and Safety regulations. 


Release of Equipment Guidelines to follow to properly decommission and decontaminate laboratory and analytical equipment which was used in conjunction with chemical, biological or radiological material prior to the release of equipment under their control or use. 


Laboratory Security Tips for Hazardous Materials Users  List of security recommendations to increase lab security including developing a written security plan and properly managing access to areas that contain hazardous materials. 


Use of Non-EPA Regulated Scintillation Cocktails  List of contractors to contact to dispose of  NON-EPA regulated Scintillation cocktails. 


Preparing for a CUPA Inspection  List of steps to follow to ensure that you are in compliance with the state and federal regulations of working with hazardous materials and/or accumulate hazardous waste. 


Reporting Work-related Fatalities and Serious Injuries or Illness  Steps to follow when reporting work-related fatalities and serious injuries or illness. 


Safety Management Program Guidelines for Department Safety Coordinators (DSCs)  Description of DSCs responsibilities including being safety representatives, organizing, and maintaining safety programs within their department or work unit. 


Solvent Stills  This guide describes the minimum requirements for using the hot pot distillation technique to produce dry, oxygen-free, high purity solvents. Lab workers who intend to use the hot pot distillation technique must trained and familiar with setting up the apparatus. running the distillation, taking down the apparatus at the conclusion of the distillation, and proper disposition of water. 


Safety Management Program Guidelines for Supervisors A brief summary, including helpful resources, of the supervisor specific elements of the Safety Management Program is included. Supervisors play a vital role in communications and enforcing the safety management and injury & illness prevention program to their employees. 


Safety Program Guidelines for Principal Investigators A checklist of the Principal Investigators responsibilities under campus policy. A brief summary of the elements of the Safety Management program is also included. 


Nanotechnology: Guidelines for Safe Research Practices This document provides environmental, health and safety information to researchers working with engineered nanoparticles, and be incorporated as a standard operating procedure in each laboratory's chemical hygiene plan. 


Procedures for Safe Use of Pyrophoric/ Water Reactive Reagents This document describes the hazards, proper handling, disposal, and emergency procedures for working pyrophoric and water reactive materials. Failure to follow proper handling procedures can results in fire or explosion, leading to serious injuries, death, and/or significant damage to facilities. 


Guidelines for Handling Formaldehyde Safety precautions to take when handling formaldehyde including a list of symptoms of exposure, employee information and training, ventilation, respiratory protection, safe work practices, etc. 


Guidelines for Handling Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) Safety precautions to take when handling dichloromethane (methylene chloride) including a list of symptoms of exposure, employee information and training, ventilation, respiratory protection, safe work practices, etc. 


Guidance for Complying with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS)  Description of the procedure to follow in order to comply with Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS). 


Cal/OSHA Inspections  Description of Cal/OSHA inspections including an explanation for what triggers an inspection, what will happen during the inspection, how to prepare, inspection DOs and DONT'S, etc. 
      151 Lecture Bottle Safety Safe use and storage of lecture bottle gas cylinders
      152 Corrosive Bath Safety Safe use and alternatives to corrosive baths for cleaning laboratory glassware.