Chemical Handling and Safe Laboratory Practices

Chemical Handling and Safe Laboratory Practices
Safe handling of chemicals and safe practices in chemistry laboratories.
 Hours0.5 Credit, 1.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining CHEM 201
Course Outcomes


Discuss regulations that govern a chemists activities: OSHO, EPA, DOT, CDC, NRC, and state agencies and specifically, the OSHA Laboratory Standard CFR 29 1910.1450 and EPA RCRA regulations (CFR 40) requiring "cradle to grave" responsibility

Chemical hazards

Identify chemical hazard classes and follow administrative guidelines to work safely in a laboratory environment and properly store and dispose of chemicals. These guidelines include regulated exposure limits PEL, STEL, IDLH, Ceiling and other measurable standards, such as the TLV, LD50, LC50, SADT, and guidelines for use of compressed gases and cryogenic materials.

Protective equipment

Demonstrate usage of protective equipment available for chemical exposure.


Respond to laboratory accidents, such as spills, fires, and cuts, and clean up a mercury spill.

Fire safety

Recognize fire hazards and put out a fire using an ABC fire extinguisher.

Biological and radiological safety

Discuss biological and radiological safety, including biosafety levels, management of biological waste, lasers, and radionuclides.