Four States of Mind that Cause Accidents 

Four States of Mind that Cause Accidents  Rushing -- working safety is the first priority, even if it means finishing the job later, Frustration -- not all situations can be managed and controlled, but employees can control their emotions JUST WALK AWAY and TAKE A BREAK, Fatigue -- employees should not work overly long hours, and TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES to get ADEQUATE REST; Complacency -- the first step to an accident involves the false belief that experience makes you invulnerable.
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Personal Protective Equipment for Eyes

Safety Glasses are Required in all Department of Chemistry Laboratories and Chemical Storage Areas.  EH&S Guideline# 03-001  Eye protection should be worn... when in any lab especially,  when working with Chemicals, Glassware, Heat, or Flying Particles. Require the Use of Appropriate Eye Protection -- Executive Summary Word Doc. Proper Eye Protection -- Executive Summary Word Doc. Safety Glasses or Goggles Impact resistant safety glasses and chemical splash safety goggles provide dif...
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Spill Trays — Secondary Containment for inside cabinets and on shelves

There are practical considerations.  Ideally one would put each chemical with only the same material in the correct sized secondary containment bin.  The correct size secondary containment bin is whichever it the larger volume between A.) 100% of the volume of the largest container inside, or B.) 10% for the total volume contained.           ...
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Chemical Waste Information (Labeling)

          Chemical Waste Labeling Slide     Things to keep in mind when Labeling waste: Use full common chemical -- write Water, NOT H2O. Combine compatible chemicals inside a waste container, be sure the chemicals are compatible with the container -- Acids and Bases are both corrosive to metal cans. Keep the lid of your waste container closed. Evaluate your waste containers regularly -- take the container to the waste room before ...
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Links to Bretherick’s handbook of reactive chemical hazards

The book Bretherick’s handbook of reactive chemical hazards, edited by Peter Urben assisted by M.J. Pitt (7th ed., 2007) is available to Pitt users as an e-book. It can be accessed through its library catalog record: http://pittcat.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=6277405 From this page, click on the link next to "Click for Web Access" to access the e-book. A print copy of this same edition is also available at Falk Library; the record can be seen at http://pittcat.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/Pw...
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PREVENTING ODORS FROM DRY SINK TRAPS

Filling the dry sink traps with water to seals out odors from the drain pipes and stops these terrible smells from entering our labs.  We should also run water in the sinks they do not normally use -- the cup sinks. We should fill all the drains in our labs at least once a month and fill them wit?h water as needed (even the cup sink drains that we don’t use!), because some one may believe there is a natural gas leak. Natural gas itself is odorless and t-butyl mercaptan is added by gas comp...
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RADIATION SAFETY

All radiation safety questions should be directed to the Radiation Safety Office: 412-624-2728 (Normal business hours) 412-624-2121 (After hours—University Police) 412-647-2345 (After hours—UPMC Hospital Operator) http://www.radsafe.pitt.edu/
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Why do we have a special waste collections day?

A safety narrative. We have a special waste collection day to make the building safer by getting rid of all the unwanted, unsafe, and unlabeled chemicals.  I get rid of material when I notice it is unused, bad, or expired, but some researchers, however, don't do that.   So this is a great opportunity to designate chemicals as waste.   If you have unstable chemical waste and are concerned about it reacting in the waste room this is the best time to get rid of it.  The chemical disposal specialis...
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Sharps Disposal Non-Biological and Biological

For Non-Biological Sharps Please put an orange chemical waste sticker over the biohazard label on your red sharps container.  Write on the label Non-Biological sharps, then fill out the waste label completely (Name, Dept., Date, and Phone number on the bottom).  Then put the sharps disposal container in the waste collection area for your building or the Chevron 255 waste room.  There is a shelf labeled sharps on the back top left in the Chevron waste room. Needles used with chemicals and att...
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