General Practices

Before beginning to work in any EAS Laboratory you must have completed the both the WHMIS 2022 and Laboratory and Chemical Safety courses

General Safe Handling for chemicals practices have been laid out by HSE. Follow the link to review and implement them into your own research labs.

General rules everyone should follow:

  • ALWAYS receive in person training from the lab PI or designated employee before you use hazardous materials or laboratory equipment. Never be afraid to ask questions or raise safety concerns
  • READ the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) BEFORE working with the controlled product. SDS and SOPs are never a substitute for training! Review and update SOPs regularly
    • Note the chemicals main hazard and items that the chemical is not compatible with
    • Note the protective equipment you should be using to keep yourself safe while handling this dangerous good
    • Any administrative controls or a less dangerous product which can be substituted instead
  • Know your emergency procedures and the locations of the lab’s spill kit, showers, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke in the laboratory
  • Wear the appropriate clothing and foot wear in the lab
    • No shorts. Dresses can be worn only if wearing leggings underneath
    • Closed-toed shoes only
    • Lab coat and safety glasses whenever work is occurring
  • The spill kits are to be used for emergency use only. NEVER use anything from the spills kit unless you have a spill
  • Frequently wash your hands
    • Decreases the transmission of COVID-19
    • Hand soap has a pH greater than 10; will help neutralize any acids that you may have come in contact with
    • Removes other chemicals
  • Do not work alone. If you must, adhere to your lab’s Working Alone regulations
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. If you notice a safety issue/hazard immediately notify the lab PI