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GHS Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

In this and future editions of The Lab Rat Newsletter, EHSO will provide quick overviews of the current hazard communication standards. The goal is to remind laboratory personnel of the information these pictograms are communicating regarding hazards in the laboratory.

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Lab Incident: UH Manoa Lab Explosion

On Monday, April 18, 2016, the Honolulu Fire Department released the investigation report on the cause and origin of a laboratory explosion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The explosion occurred on March 16 in a Hawaii Natural Energy Institute biofuels research laboratory in the Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) building. A visiting […]

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In the News: UW-Madison Fined $56,000 in Airport Hazmat Incident

by Tony Gail, WKOW. Original Publication: http://bit.ly/1T9GaiD MADISON (WKOW) — Federal Aviation Administration officials say UW-Madison was fined $56,000 after a university researcher put hazardous materials in luggage and checked the baggage onto a flight, only to have TSA screeners intercept the cargo. Officials say the material included research-grade alcohol, which FAA spokesperson Tony Molinaro calls “highly flammable.” Officials say […]

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Fire Safety in Laboratories: Working with Hot Plates

A recent fire occurred on campus that caused substantial damage to a chemical fume hood. Many of the components of this important engineering control will have to be replaced. The cause of the fire is suspected to be due to a defect in the hot plate that was used. To continue our discussion on hot […]

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Do You Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher?

ABC-rated, multipurpose, dry powder extinguishers are provided to the labs in the event that a small fire develops. A small fire can be defined as “trash can-sized” or an incipient stage fire. Extinguishers are usually red in color and have either a long narrow hose or no hose (just a short nozzle). There are also […]

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Flammable Chemicals and Refrigerator Storage

Recently, there was a refrigerator explosion on Emory’s main campus that was caused by storing flammables in a conventional refrigerator. Luckily, no one was around during the time of the explosion, but this incident serves as a reminder that flammables should never be stored in non-approved refrigerators or freezers. A flammable liquid is defined by OSHA as “having […]

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Do You Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Fire extinguishers are provided to the labs in the event that a small fire develops. A small fire can be defined as “trash can-sized” or an incipient stage fire. All Emory-owned buildings are equipped with ABC-Combination extinguishers. ABC-rated, multipurpose, dry powder extinguishers are the most common on campus, particularly in the corridors of the academic […]

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Top Ten Findings from EHSO Laboratory Inspections

In the spring of this year, EHSO conducted beta-testing of the Scorecard Inspection Process. The Scorecard is a document that identifies the strengths and areas for improvement from an individual lab’s perspective and a overall department perspective.  The process is designed to give the PI and the Department Chair a depiction of the safety culture […]

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