Chemistry Safety Seminar   -  CH 407/507/607 Section 010
CRN 26868/26869/26870
Department of Chemistry
Oregon State University
 Winter Term, 2006
Last updated: 01/27/2006 (tentative schedule)

NOTICE:  Class for Jan 30 Monday will meet in GBAD 411.

Instructors:  Chris Pastorek
 Kevin Gable
 and John Loeser

This is a 1 credit graded seminar course that will meet for 10 weeks from noon-1:00 pm in Gilbert 324.  We will view commercial chemical safety movies each week with group discussion on chemical safety issues and procedures specific to OSU.  The discussion will be followed by a short safety quiz.  We plan to have representatives from OSU EH&S and local industry speak on chemical safety in the work place. 

The "Elements of Safety" videos are produced by the Laboratory Safety Institute

Jan 9

Overview of Course

Orientation to Laboratory Safety  fire evacuation protocol, lab coats, the Chemical Hygiene Plan, MSDS's. This program covers the most important safety issues that both new employees and "seasoned veterans" face in the laboratory

Jan 16

Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday- University closed-no class

Jan 23

Safety Showers and Eye Washes  Employees may never need to use them, but if they do, knowing the proper procedures can prevent serious injury, or even save a life.  Correct use of both eye wash stations and safety showers are covered in this program.

Proper Eye Protection 

Jan 30

Flammables and Explosives  Flammables and explosives are some of the most dangerous materials used in a laboratory.  This program reviews proper handling procedures as well as the personal protective equipment that should be used when working with flammables and explosives.

Electrical Safety In the Laboratory  Today, laboratories rely on a vast array of electrically powered equipment.  To work safely with this equipment employees need to know how electricity works and the dangers it holds.  Principles of electrical energy, fused, short circuits, "Lock-Out/Tag-Out," instrument repair and more are covered in this program.

 Feb 6

Outside Speaker: Lance Jones, University Chemical Hygiene Officer, EH&S. Topics: fume hood use, chemical storage and labeling, disposal, and OSHA issues and the University Chemical Hygiene Plan

 Feb 13

Material Safety Data Sheets  All potentially hazardous materials entering a laboratory have MSDSs.  But to make good use of this information employees need to understand the MSDS and what is in it.  This program reviews the various sections of the MSDS, what information can be found in each section and most importantly, how this information can help employees as they go about their work.

Laboratory Hoods  When working with hazardous materials, laboratory and biohazard hoods can protect the experiment, the facility, and more importantly the employee.  This program discusses when and why these hoods are used, as well as how to operate and maintain them for maximum effectiveness.

 Feb 20

Outside Speakers: TBA

 Feb 27

Safe Handling of Laboratory Glassware  Broken glassware is probably the major cause of laboratory accidents.  Types of glassware used in the laboratory, configuring of glassware systems, making proper connections, handling techniques and cleaning/decontamination are all covered in this program.

Planning for Laboratory Emergencies  A caustic acid hose has just erupted... an experiment has shown unexpected reactions... what should employees do to deal with these and other emergency situations?  This program covers when and how employees should act in an emergency to prevent injury, property damage, or even loss of life.

 Mar 6

Preventing Contamination  Today, one of the major concerns in all laboratories is controlling contamination.  This program shows how contamination occurs and reviews the steps that can be taken to prevent its spread.

Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders  The energy possessed by a compressed gas cylinder can make a virtual "missile" if not handled with the utmost care.  Positioning cylinders properly, storage "incompatibilities," fittings/connections

 Mar 13 Outside Speaker and/or Laboratory Audit Exercise.  Report on Laboratory Audit; what can be done to fix the situation?
Mar 20 Final Project due

University Policies: 

Please note:  "Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations, who have any emergency medical information the instructor should know, or who need special arrangements in the event of evacuation, should make an appointment with the instructor as early as possible, no later that the first week of the term.  In order to arrange alternative testing, the student should make the request at least one week in advance of the test.  Students seeking accommodations should be registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities."

Please note:  The College of Science follows the university rules on civility and honesty.  These can be found at

Cheating or plagiarism by students is subject to the disciplinary process outlined in the Student Conduct Regulations. Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in one of the following areas:

*    cheating- use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids
*    fabrication- falsification or invention of any information
*    assisting- helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty
*    tampering- altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents
*    plagiarism- representing the words or ideas of another person as one's own

Behaviors disruptive to the learning environment will not be tolerated and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.

“The goal of Oregon State University is to provide students with the knowledge, skill and wisdom they need to contribute to society.  Our rules are formulated to guarantee each student's freedom to learn and to protect the fundamental rights of others.  People must treat each other with dignity and respect in order for scholarship to thrive.  Behaviors that are disruptive to teaching and learning will not be tolerated, and will be referred to the Student Conduct Program for disciplinary action.  Behaviors that create a hostile, offensive or intimidating environment based on gender, race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation will be referred to the Affirmative Action Office.”

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