General Procedures For Working With Hazardous Chemicals & Operations

Within UCSB laboratories exists a great diversity of research and associated hazards. To address this diversity and simultaneously reduce the length of this document, we have provided links below to selected sections of Prudent Practices in the Laboratory by the National Resource Council (2011). This free text is widely considered to be the definitive publication on general laboratory safety. The sections selected here are those dealing with the generic management of hazardous materials/operations. In contrast, the other sections of this Chemical Hygiene Plan tend to be related more to issues that are UC or UCSB specific, or Cal-OSHA driven.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory

4    Evaluating Hazards and Assessing Risks in the Laboratory

4.A    Introduction

4.B    Sources of Information

4.C    Toxic Effects of Laboratory Chemicals

4.D    Flammable, Reactive, and Explosive Hazards

4.E    Physical Hazards

4.F    Nanomaterials

4.G    Biohazards (see also, UCSB Biosafety Program)

4.H    Hazards from Radioactivity (see also, UCSB Radiation Safety Program)

5    Management of Chemicals

5.A    Introduction

5.B    Green Chemistry for Every Laboratory

5.C    Acquisition of Chemicals

5.D    Inventory and Tracking of Chemicals

5.E    Storage of Chemicals in Stockrooms and Laboratories

5.F    Transfer, Transport, and Shipment of Chemicals

6    Working with Chemicals

6.A    Introduction

6.B    Prudent Planning

6.C    General Procedures for Working with Hazardous Chemicals

6.D    Working with Substances of High Toxicity

6.E    Working with Biohazardous and Radioactive Materials (see also, UCSB programs)

6.F    Working with Flammable Chemicals

6.G    Working with Highly Reactive or Explosive Chemicals

6.H    Working with Compressed Gases

6.I    Working with Microwave Ovens

6.J    Working with Nanoparticles

7    Working with Laboratory Equipment

7.A    Introduction

7.B    Working with Water-Cooled Equipment

7.C    Working with Electrically Powered Laboratory Equipment

7.D    Working with Compressed Gases

7.E    Working with High or Low Pressures and Temperatures

7.F    Using Personal Protective, Safety, and Emergency Equipment (also pgs. II-6 to10)

7.G    Emergency Procedures (see also pgs. II-3 to 5)