Personal and Workplace SafetyNets

Personal and Workplace Safety





Sharps Safety Guidelines  Guidelines on how to safely handle and dispose of sharps (i.e. scapels, needles, syringes, and laboratory glass, or pipette tips). 


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


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


Personal Computer Workstation Checklist Checklists that help asses your own computer workstations. Includes a diagram for the proper sitting position at a computer. 


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. 


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


Back Belts General information about back belts including the university's position regarding their use. 


Use of Refrigerators and Freezers in Laboratories Outline of requirements for the safe use of refrigerators and freezers in the laboratory. 


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. 


Bloodborne Pathogen Standard List of pathogens and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).


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.


Safety Training Tips Information that will assist supervisors in understanding and applying safety training techniques to individuals situations. 


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


Lifting List of things you can do to reduce stress to your back when lifting and lowering to help prevent injury both at work and at home.


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.


Pregnancy and the University Workplace Information about speaking with employees about reproductive health in the work pace including the Interactive Process and effective accommodations.


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


Guidelines for Evaluating Safety Performance Guidelines on how to evaluate and develop safe work habits to minimize injury/illness risk in the performance of their duties. 


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


Dosimetry: Personnel Monitoring for Radiation Workers Information regarding permissible radiation exposure for employees. 


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. 


Safe Laser Practices Recommended control measures to follow for safe laser use.


Standard Operating Procedures for Lasers or Laser Systems Information regarding the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all lasers or laser systems.


Radiation Safety Requirement for Persons Using Radiation-Producing Machines Procedures that will help employees maintain radiation exposure As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).


Asbestos General information regarding Asbestos including its hazardous components. 


The Respiratory Protection Program Information regarding the respiratory protection program.


Keyboard and Mouse Use List of key components of typing styles that can prevent hand and wrist injuries.


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. 


Hazards of Ultraviolet Radiation General information regarding ultraviolet radiation coming from equipment such as biological safety cabinets, germicidal lamps, transluminators (UV light boxes), and Woods Lamps. This includes biological effects of UV and precautions to take when exposed to UV light.


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. 


Machine Guarding The following information is provided to assist in enhancing machine safety through hazard identification and evaluation, safeguarding, training, and safe operation.


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. 


Reporting Work-Connected Fatalities and Serious Injuries Steps to follow when reporting work-connected fatalities and serious injuries.


Heat Illness Prevention General information regarding heat illness prevention including the standards to follow.


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. 


Biological and Biohazardous Spill Response  An outline of the steps to take after a spill of any infectious agent or recombinant DNA material has occurred in your laboratory or in nearby areas such as in a corridor.


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 Department Chairs A list of responsibilities that fall under the Department chairs to implement the Safety Management Program. A brief summary of the elements of the Safety Management Program is 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. 


Fall Protection 
This SafetyNet was removed April 16.
Please refer to the Campus Fall Protection Program


Forklift Certification and Safety List of Forklift operator requirements as well a list of department responsibilities. 


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. 


Excavation/ Trenching/ Shoring General information regarding excavation/ trenching/ shoring including a definition, department responsibilities, and contracting recommendations. 


Guidelines for Arc and Fish Lamp Safety Guidelines to follow when installing, using, or transporting arc or flash lamps. 


Portable Torch Safety A list of portable torch safety precautions to take when handling these. Torches attached directly to gas cylinders are specifically prohibited. 


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. 


Crane and Hoist Safety A list of general rules for safely operating cranes and hoists 


Laser Pointer Safety  A list of safety measures to follow when using a laser pointer as well as considerations for laser pointer purchases.


Safe Operation of Livestock Squeeze Chute  General recommended safe practices for operation of livestock squeeze chutes. Note: training consists of both reading the operating manual AND 'hands on' training from an experienced, trained operator. 


Microtome Use Hazards and Precautions  List of hazards and precautions to know when operating a microtome.


Safe Handling of Wooden Pallets List of safety precautions to take when loading, inspecting, handling and using pallets. 


Office Safety and Training  General information regarding office safety and training including identifying  office hazards, knowing fire safety, etc. 


Environmental Rooms Environmentally controlled room safety.


Corridor Storage Guidelines List of corridor storage guideline in order to ensure fir and life safety in a building or occupancy. 


Electrical Safety List of guidelines to follow in order to reduce the risk of fire due to overload or improperly used extension cords or surge protectors. 


Flammable Liquid Storage FAQ   Flammable Liquid Storage FAQ. The following guidance applies to all cabinets used for storage of flammable and combustible liquids, including cabinets under fume hoods and in rooms where greater than 10 gallons of flammable and combustible liquids are stored.


Welding Brazing Cutting Guidelines This document contains the welding brazing cutting guidelines including non-emergency hot work procedures, general requirements, contract work, setting up work area checklist, etc.


Hazardous Conditions (HOTWORK) Permit Guidelines This document includes examples of conditions necessitating a Hazardous Conditions or Hot Work permit.