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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

13. LABORATORY SAFETY

This section provides only a brief summary of laboratory safety. For more in-depth information refer to the NMSU Guide to Laboratory Safety developed by the University Safety Committee and EH&S (details are provided on the EH&S web site). Staff working in laboratories should be familiar with certain rules; these include:

Chemical Hygiene Plan/Lab Std Training

Departments with labs must have a Chemical Hygiene Plan (updated annually) and appoint a Chem. Hygiene Officer. All lab employees (regular or student) must be trained by EH&S (minimum training - HazCom & Lab Standard )

Food and Drink Consumption

Maintaining food, drink, smoking materials, and cosmetics, in a laboratory potentially exposes employees to toxic substances. Consuming food or drinks, applying cosmetics, and smoking are not allowed in these areas. Well-defined areas are to be established for their storage and consumption.

Protective Equipment

Clothing is a critical factor in the safety of laboratory personnel. As such, teaching and research laboratories must enforce the OSHA standard for proper clothing worn by people handling hazardous chemicals  (PPE Guide). At a minimum, lab users must wear the following:

Safety glasses must be worn at all times in areas (i.e. near) where hazardous materials are being used. Splash goggles (acid goggles) or face shields with splash proof sides must be worn for splash protection from corrosive or dangerous chemicals.

Protective gloves when the potential exists for contact with corrosive, toxic materials, infectous, or hazardous materials

Appropriate protective clothing (pants, lab coats, aprons, or tyvek-type coveralls) and closed-toe shoes in areas where hazardous chemicals are used or stored.

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