SUSLICK GROUP SAFETY COMMANDMENTS


Familiarize yourself with SCS Safety procedures and references:   http://safety.scs.illinois.edu

Click here for the full Suslick Group Safety and Chemical Hygiene Plan.



Within the Group, the following rules apply to chemical use and storage:

1.    NEVER, NEVER WORK ALONE IN THE LABS WITH HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.
NO EXCEPTIONS.

2.    ALWAYS, ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES when in the laboratories.
NO EXCEPTIONS.

3.    ALWAYS, ALWAYS WEAR A LAB COAT AND COVERED SHOES when working with chemicals.
NO EXCEPTIONS.

4.    NO EATING OR DRINKING IN THE LABS (this includes your desk)!
NO EXCEPTIONS. USE THE COMMONS ROOM FOR MEALS AND SNACKS.

5.    USE APPROPRIATE GLOVES whenever dealing with potentially toxic liquids.

6.    DO NOT STORE more than 10 solvent bottles and 10 chemical solids bottles AT YOUR BENCH, on it or above it. Solvents used infrequently must be stored in the group liquid storage cabinets as labeled. After using such a bottle, return it to the joint storage area! BOTTLES WITH LIQUIDS MUST ALWAYS BE KEPT VERTICAL!! BOTTLES OF CHEMICALS MUST NEVER BE PUT ON THE FLOOR!

7.    ALL Chemicals purchased in the stockroom or by special order MUST BE DATED AND INITIALED by the person who bought them. Always LABEL ANYTHING that you put in a refrigerator with your name, date, and contents! Always label any vial or container that you create with your name date and contents!!  (not just your lab notebook page).

8.    Double bottle volatile odiferous compounds, ESPECIALLY if stored in a refrigerator or freezer.

9.    All ethers (including THF) MUST be used or disposed of within six months of being opened. Older bottles may contain low concentrations of explosive peroxides (which must be removed prior to disposal by adding a Fe(II) solution). Test paper for peroxides is available in the stockroom. If you ever find white solids in a solvent bottle of an ether, immediately call the UIUC Division of Research Safety, 217-333-2755.

10.    NEVER return any liquid to the bottle after removing it from the bottle. The preferred means of removing liquids is to pour into a beaker or flask. Only clean, unused disposable pipets may be used for small amounts of solvent removal directly from the bottle. When in doubt use a new pipet.
Remember Schaupenauer's Law of Entropy: if you add a tablespoon of wine to a barrel of sewage, you have a barrel of sewage; if you add a tablespoon of sewage to a barrel of wine, you have a barrel of sewage.

11.    NEVER store fuels and oxidizers together. Organic liquids and solids are potential fuels. Oxidizers include oxidizing gases (halogens, oxygen), oxidizing liquids (hydrogen peroxide, organic peroxides, nitric and sulfuric acids), and oxidizing solids (nitrate, perchlorate, permanganates, and chromates).

12.    NEVER make any explosive or energetic material on a scale larger than 500 mg and if possible under 100 mg. Confer with Suslick BEFORE any such synthesis. Store explosives and energetic materials in the designated secure explosives metal storage box.   Read the safety bulletin on handling energetic materials, linked here.

13.    Known carcinogens,especially volatile ones, such as benzene and CCl4, must be used ONLY in the hoods with gloves. These bottles MUST be used and stored only in the hoods! They are never to be opened on desk tops. Extreme care should be made in handling these materials for running spectra, etc. In general, think about using hexane, toluene, acetone, acetonitrile, dichloromethane, or THF instead.

14.    DO NOT put anything down the drain that you wouldn't want in the environment. Organic liquids (except small amounts of ethanol, methanol and acetone), any halogenated liquids, and most metal salts are all things that shouldn't be introduced into the environment. If you aren't sure, ASK!

15.    Waste Solvent containers MUST NOT BE LEFT OPEN. Do not leave the funnel in an open container, even in the hood.

16.    BACKUP YOUR DATA and hard-drives regularly. AND keep a copy at home. A 200 GB external hard-drive that fits in your shirt pocket is only $30. The thesis you save may be your own! My brother, a professional IT manager, highly recommends EaseUS TODO Backup (which is free).





SUSLICK GROUP CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HYGIENE PLAN
WITH SAFETY EXAM


Click here for the pdf of the Plan.





OTHER LABORATORY SAFETY RESOURCES



UIUC School of Chemical Sciences Safety Resources


UIUC Division of Research Safety



 

 



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