Newsletter 2010

Vol. II, Issue 1; March 2010

Sink Disposal Restrictions for Mercury
Over the years, the effects of mercury exposure on humans and the environment, primarily aquatic life, has been well documented.

What? More Training!
Laboratory workers at UCLA and Texas Tech have recently sustained critical injuries while performing routine procedures.

Filters
During visits to labs, the Biosafety Officers have noted a lack of hydrophobic filters for aspiration both on the lab bench and in the biosafety cabinet.

Mold – Indoor Air Quality
Mold is found everywhere in nature and plays a large role breaking down organic matter.

Shipping Radioactive Material
After completing the necessary regulatory requirements, radioactive material may be shipped from Tufts.


Vol. II, Issue 2; October 2010

Preventing and Responding to Laboratory Accidents
Lab accidents can come in a wide variety of forms including chemical spills, chemical exposures, fires, explosions, cuts, trips, slips, and falls.

What? More Inspections!
The primary purpose of laboratory safety inspections is to assist the laboratory staff at identifying hazards and implementing reasonable control measures.

What Does ALARA Mean?
How many times have you heard the acronym ALARA mentioned at either a radiation safety training session, Radiation Hazard Control Group (RHCG) meeting or an audit / inspection conducted by your friendly Radiation Safety staff member?

Identifying the Infrared or UV Laser Beam
Special tools or materials are often employed by individuals during the beam profiling stage.

Flammable Storage in Refrigerators and Freezers
A number of laboratory explosions and/or fires throughout the country have been caused from improperly storing flammable (flashpoint less than 100°F) chemicals in standard household or laboratory refrigerators and freezers.

Fire Extinguisher Training
The Fire Marshal’s office has been providing portable fire extinguisher training to faculty, staff and students throughout the three campuses for the past two years.

Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) Annual Certification
The Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) is a key piece of equipment used frequently in labs working with infectious agents.

New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory
The New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory (NE-RBL) is a 41,000 square foot facility dedicated to the study of existing and emerging infectious diseases.

 

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