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Lab Safety

Lab Safety (EHS website) MSDS Online (U of G only)
Safety Info (Chemistry website) Chemical Inventory (U of G)
Hazadous Substances (Canada) Waste Disposal
  WHMIS Registration
WHMIS-2015: On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals. For more details, see here.
Labs: MACN 348, Chemistry Lab, is a HIGH hazard area; MACN 351, X-Lab, is a LOW hazard area.
Labs Supervisor: Dmitriy Soldatov; MACN 338; see contact numbers on the doors of the labs or the office.
Training: In order to start working in any of the labs, you must complete WHMIS training, study the Safety Guidlines and obtain on-site instructions from the Supervisor or a person authorized by the Supervisor. The Documentation of Training Form or X-Ray Access Form must be signed and dated. Additional instructions/training and a permission must be obtained in order to operate equipment.
Protective Clothing Policy: Lab coats, goggles or safety glasses, and close-toed shoes are required in the Chemistry Lab. Use gloves while handling dangerous chemicals.
No Food Policy: No food, drink or smoking is allowed in the labs. The only exception is for coffee/tea in the meeting area in the X-Lab.
Lab Notebooks Policy: According to the Canadian Federal Law and Ontario Provincial Law the laboratory notebooks are legal documents. They should be available to other group members and external investigators whenever need arises. The notes in the personal lab notebooks and instrument logbooks should be readable, dated, and use sample codes corresponding to the labels attached to the samples.
MSDS Policy: Every researcher working in the Chemistry Lab must know how to access paper or electronic copies of MSDS and should refer to those before conducting experimental work.
Emergency: Dependently on a situation, call x52000 or use the Emergency Call Station, alert the Supervisor and others on the floor/in the building, use the First Aid Kit, eye-wash station, shower, or the Chemistry Spill Kit. Emergency First Aid Personnel with contact numbers is displayed on the doors of the labs. Be aware of the proper procedures to be followed in the event of a fire, injury, or other accidents. Immediately report suspicious odors, malfunctioning equipment or any abnormalities noticed in the labs.
Out of Hours: Work during night hours (6pm to 8am), weekends or holidays must be authorized by the Supervisor. A second person nearby must be aware of you working in the lab.
Fire Alarms: The University's policy requires that all occupants evacuate a building during a fire alarm. Emergency Evacuation Plans are displayed on the doors in the labs, with other info on the location of emergency buttons, fire extinguishers, and Emergency First Aid Personnel.