Over fourteen thousand americans die from
on-the-job accidents every year.
One worker is injured nearly every 20 seconds.
Most accidents occur within an employee’s
first six months on a new job.
Safety and work go hand in hand.
Employees are expected to promote safety,
report unsafe conditions, and ask a supervisor
if unfamiliar with a chemical, tool, or equipment.
Management provides a safe work environment
and continually works to prevent injuries.
To establish and supervise a safe and
healthful working environment;
Promote an accident prevention program,
and provide safety and health training programs;
Maintain equipment up to safety and health standards;
Keep records of occupational injuries/illnesses.
To comply with State and Federal laws
governing the safety of employees, all
of which require regimented training programs.
The School of Life Sciences annual faculty meetings
are utilized to present training. All employees
(faculty, staff and student workers) are required
to complete training. Classroom attendance
is required of all new employees.
Annual requalification is required
for all employees. Student workers are
required to complete training before working in labs,
and should recieve paid time to complete the training.
Appointed by Dean or dept head as needed.
Conducts safety inspections, investigates incidents,
reviews work conditions for accident prevention,
reviews and responds to safety suggestions and questions.
Observe all safety warning signs.
Maintain good housekeeping.
Keep emergency equipment accessible.
Wear required PPE & safe clothing,
don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry,
and tie back long hair.
Wear appropiate footwear for the occasion.
Obtain prescription safety glasses (if needed).
Personal Protective Equipment(PPE):
PPE requirements differ for specific departments;
Required in all labs when in progress,
unless directed otherwise by instructor.
Recommended minimum PPE for labs;
ANSI Z-87 safety glasses. Gloves
are available as needed. Some cases may
require lab coat and full face protection.
Consult instructor or Chemical Hygiene officer
if unsure of type of PPE required
or if PPE is needed.
Accidents and Injuries:
Promptly report each incident.
All incidents MUST be investigated.
An incident is; death, every nonfatal occupational illness,
and those nonfatal occupational injuries which involve
one or more of the following; loss of conciousness,
restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job,
or medical treatment (other than first aid).
If there is any doubt, report the incident.
OSHA 300 form (Log Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
must be posted, and maintained in the
establishment for 5 years.
Be aware of who can administer first aid and CPR.
The infirmary or health & wellness center,
Rm 126, Dean Hall is open 7:30 to 5:00.
First-aid kits can be found in all labs and stockroom.
Safety showers and eyewash stations are
located in the major chemistry labs (Rms 20, 23 & 27),
and all labs have eyewash stations.
Fire blankets are located
in the chemistry labs.
All employees should be familiar with the
locations of the kits and stations.
Poor Safety Habits / Safety Don’ts:
Don't fool around/show off.
Don't ignore a safety hazard.
Never shut off or circumvent
an equipment safeguard.
Don't become overconfident in your job.
Never assume safety is someone else’s job.
Poor Housekeeping: Always be aware of ;
Slip and trip hazards, blocking access to exits,
fire fighting equipment, electrical panels,
aisles and stairwells, and accumulation
Eighty percent of Americans suffer back
injuries requiring medical
Thirty percent of all industrial injuries involve the back.
Back injuries are often the result of years of abuse.
In addition to missed work,
there may be a lifetime of pain.
Back Safety Tips;
Don’t lift more than 50 pounds by yourself.
When reaching up, don’t overextend.
If standing in one place, put a foot on a footrest.
To reduce back pain—see your doctor.
Take the Hazard Communication
Learn the locations and uses of hazardous chemicals.
Most labs have some present.
Both stockrooms have large quantities present.
All lab instructors and lab prep personnel
who prepare unknown samples for labs MUST label the unknown
the course name, the lab experiment number,
a descrete identification, and the date,
(ex; CHEM 2134, exp#10, unk. A, 8/21/05)
and MUST provide this
to the chemical hygiene officer.
Chemical Spills or Releases:
Take Safe Chemical & Spill Prevention training.
Know your evacuation plan.
Know your assembly area, East parking lot for
Material Safety Data Sheets:
Take the Hazard Communicationtraining.
MSDS's are required to be furnished
with any hazardous chemical.
MSDS's provide all kinds of vital information
on protecting yourself, property and the
environment from the hazards of the chemical.
MSDS's must be made available for anyone to utilize.
MSDS locations are in folders in each
of the labs where chemicals are used;
in the Chemical Hygiene officers office,
Rm 24, McEver;
and may also be found various places online.
Take the Chemical Hygiene plan
Absolutely no chemicals are to be disposed of
other than in accordance with the
manufacturers recommendations. NEVER pour chemicals down
the sink or floor drains!
For assistance on disposal,
contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer,
Jim Fulmer, Rm 24, McEver,
or refer to the P&LS web page pls.atu.edu
link to the faculty / staff safety page.
Recognize the evacuation signal
and listen for instructions.
Shut down any equipment if safe to do so.
Go directly to the nearest safe exit and
proceed to the assembly area
(East parking lot for McEver).
Fire Prevention: Take the Emergency
Practice fire prevention,
always be aware of potential fire hazards,
and correct them or report them.
Fire response: Take the Emergency
If a fire is small enough for you to extinguish,
do so, otherwise set alarm, sound alarm, or call 911.
All emergency response organizations
in Russellville or Pope County are 911
On campus phones, dial 911 direct,
access codes no longer required.