CHEM 201

Chemical Handling and Safe Laboratory Practices

Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Course Description

Safe handling of chemicals and safe practices in chemistry laboratories.

When Taught

Fall, Winter, Spring

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 9: P, E, I (Pass-fail grade rule)

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0.5

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1

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Regulations

Learning Outcome

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

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Chemical hazards

Learning Outcome

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.  

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Protective equipment

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate usage of protective equipment available for chemical exposure.  

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Accidents

Learning Outcome

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

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Fire safety

Learning Outcome

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

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Biological and radiological safety

Learning Outcome

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