The following is a thorough list of resources offered by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry for safety.Georgia Tech Laboratory Safety Manual
The GT 2012 lab safety manual is now accessible, please click here.Tier I Chemicals
Highly hazardous chemicals listed in the GT-Tier I list requires specific handling procedures, laboratory safety plan and safety trainings. The full list of Tier-I chemicals, the steps and documents to be taken to safely handle those chemicals can be found here (pdf) and here (word) . Keep a copy of the completed Tier-I list package in your laboratory's green safety binder. To help you start, an example of a completed Tier-I list package can be found here.Forms
There are several forms that are routinely used and can be found here: Forms.Biological Safety
The transportation of dangerous goods is regulated by a number of national and international agencies. These rules are designed to protect the public and transporters. Failure to strictly adhere to these rules may result in packages being returned, fines to both the individuals and the Institute, and, in some instances, criminal charges. EHS developed training for both shippers and receivers. To ensure compliance, all outgoing chemical and biological materials will be processed through EHS. All shipments of radiological materials will be handled by the EHS Radiation Safety Office.
First, you must receive appropriate training to ship and receive chemicals. These training sessions are offered online from the trainsweb portal:
- “Receipt of Hazardous Materials (Flash)”: http://www.trainsweb.gatech.edu/courses/index#category-tutorials
- “Shipment of Dangerous Goods (Flash)”: http://www.trainsweb.gatech.edu/courses/#category-tutorials
EHS will work with you to ship samples or chemicals. The pamphlet, accessible here, outlines the steps to take.
For additional information on:
- Chemical samples, contact Ryan Lisk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ryanne Shadwick (email@example.com)
- Biological samples, contact Lisa Broadhurst (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the purposes of this program “dangerous gases” refers to highly toxic, flammable, or pyrophoric gases. A list of commonly used dangerous gases can be found in Appendix A of the program. Purchases of highly toxic and pyrophoric gases are restricted and require prenotification to Georgia Tech Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and preapproval by Georgia Tech Chemical and Environmental Safety Committee and Safety (GT CESC): http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/chemical/pre_approval.pdf.
This program outlines the requirements and responsibilities necessary to provide suitable accommodation for the presence of dangerous gases in GT laboratories. These accommodations include but are not limited to gas cabinets, gas monitoring systems (permanent and temporary), building fire sprinkler systems, and administrative controls.
- Dangerous Gas Safety Program can be downloaded from : http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/chemical/dangerousGasSafetyProgram.pdf
The hazardous gas laboratory is located in Room 2186 of the Molecular Science and Engineering building. It was especially designed to safely handle and conduct experiments with hazardous gases like ammonia, hydrogen, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. The laboratory can be used by all members of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry who wish to conduct experiments involving hazardous gases.
Access to the Hazgas Laboratory
To gain access to the hazgas laboratory, a specific training is mandatory and can be requested by contacting Pamela Pollet (email@example.com).
Procedures and Forms
The Hazgas laboratory can be reserved by approved members of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry through login (Hazardous Gas Laboratory).General Information
Are you looking for safety information, such as chemical compatibility, glove compatibility, commercial suppliers of safety items? We have gathered links that can help you and save you time: click Safety Links.Underage Visitors
No visitors under the age of 16 are permitted to work in Georgia Tech laboratories. Visiting students under the age of 18 must provide a waiver to work in GT labs (http://www.procurement.gatech.edu/documents/Waiver.pdf) signed by their parent or legal guardian. Additionally, prior to beginning work they must complete Georgia Right to Know Training, either online: (http://www.usg.edu/ehs/training/rtkbasic/) or in the classroom and must also attend a basic lab safety class. Check www.trainsweb.gatech.edu for the next available classroom sessions or contact the GT EHS Chemical Safety Office at 4-2964 to arrange for a special session if the monthly sessions don’t fit your student’s schedule.