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Safety Procedures and Hazards in Scientific Research - Chapter Summary
Conducting scientific research, particularly in lab settings, requires strict adherence to safety standards and procedures. This chapter's video and text lessons will refresh your memory about the potential hazards of working in this field and the regulatory processes in place to prevent them. Our knowledgeable instructors discuss lab safety equipment, chemical storage and handling biological specimens. You will also take a look at health and safety regulations and the controversy over hazardous materials disposal. By the time you finish the chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify lab safety techniques
- List types of lab safety equipment
- Describe personal safety methods in labs
- Explain how to properly handle chemicals
- Understand how to safely work with biological specimens
- Discuss safety regulations set by OSHA
- Interpret Safety Data Sheets
- Recognize public safety concerns over hazardous waste disposal
To make studying safety procedures and hazards an engaging process, we offer short video and text lessons packed with key facts, terms, examples and graphics. The videos contain tags so that you can easily re-watch portions as necessary; our lessons also include transcripts. The self-assessment quizzes that follow the lessons are in multiple-choice format and allow you to test your comprehension of these topics.
1. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment
Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.
2. Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment
Even with proper precautions, lab accidents do happen. When they do, knowing what safety equipment is in your lab, where it is located, and how to use it can prevent further harm to both the lab and the people working in it.
3. Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab
Science labs are great places to explore and learn. But they're only as safe as the people who use them, so in this lesson, we'll discuss some of the ways that you can protect yourself and prevent personal harm in the event of a lab accident.
4. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal
An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.
5. Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab
Working with biological specimens can be interesting and rewarding. But we need to be careful when handling and disposing of these types of specimens because they do have the potential to do harm both in and out of the lab.
6. Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA
The workplace can be a dangerous place, and workers are injured and even killed on the job. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to minimize dangerous workplace conditions.
7. Understanding SDS/OSHA Labels on Chemicals & Supplies
Safety Data Sheets are an important component of safe lab work. In this lesson, we'll dissect an SDS to better understand its various components and see how they help keep you and everyone else safe in any lab setting.
8. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy
Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.
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