Laboratory Safety



Laboratory safety depends on everyone's participation and cooperation and their commitment to safety awareness and safe work practices. The "Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards: Updated Version" is an excellent resource, and is considered to be the "go-to" reference for laboratory safety. (Here's a downloadable PDF version of the book).

Below are links to the Connecticut College Laboratory Safety policy documents.

Accelerator Safety Manual
Chemical Hygiene Plan (Laboratory Safety Handbook)
Laser Safety Manual
Radiation Use Program, Policy, and Procedures Manual
Recombinant DNA/Biological Safety Manual

YouTube has posted a large collection of videos that illustrate various laboratory safety practices. They are not intended to replace individual instruction from a qualified person, so contact the laboratory's responsible faculty member, or the Office of Environmental Health & Safety for additional guidance.

Experimenting with Danger (YouTube video from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board)
Glove Removal Safety (YouTube video from UCLA)
Fire Safety in the Lab (YouTube video from UCLA)
Pyrophoric Liquid Safety (YouTube video from UCLA)
Handling Pyrophoric Materials (YouTube video from Dartmouth College)
Pipette Safety & Ergonomics (YouTube video from UCLA)
Fume Hood Safety: Do's and Don't's (YouTube video from Labconco Corp.)
Chemical Storage Guidelines (YouTube video from Flinn Scientific)

Training Resources

Radiation Safety for Non-Laboratory Personnel (pps file)
Laboratory Safety (pps file)