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1 Job Hazard/Safety Analysis For the Lab Worker 1

2 INTRODUCTION Job Hazard/Safety Analysis for the Lab Worker is a partial list of known task performed by the professional laboratory worker. We have placed task in alphabetical order and in a table format, listing each in a step-by-step sequence followed by the potential hazard and a recommended action or procedure. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is subject to modification. Additional comments may be added as more information becomes available. If you are asked to perform an occasional task, not listed with your job title, you can look up an individual task by returning to our Job Safety Analysis page and check the pulldown menu for Job Task. 2

3 APHABETICAL LIST OF TASK Page Basic Laboratory Safety 4 Chemicals (Pouring Handling) Cleaning (Sweep & Mop) 5 6 Drum Handling (30-55 Gal.) 7 Hand Held Portable Power Tools 8 Heat Gun 9 Lifting/Carrying Objects 10 3

4 Hazard Analysis: Basic Laboratory Safety Inhalation Burns Electrical Shock Cuts Puncture Fumes, vapors and gases generated during use Hot surface caused by chemical reaction, acids and corrosives Improper operation & maintenance Broken pipettes and flasks caused by chemical reaction or dropping. Needle stick caused by improper use and/or disposal. Properly ventilate work area, use fume hood when possible Situational awareness, use appropriate PPE to prevent bodily contact. Manufacturer s instructions strictly followed, replace worn parts and deteriorated service cords Situation awareness, use appropriate PPE. Situation awareness, use appropriate PPE. NOTE: When handling and working with hazardous chemicals, reagents, or bio hazardous material, it is important to wear appropriate personal protective equipment and follow proper protocols pertaining to the specific hazardous item being handled. Lab technicians also need to know where and how the chemicals will be stored, as well as where and how they will be disposed of. To ensure that this information is available, a standard operating procedure (SOP) should exist for each process or analysis carried out in the laboratory. Gloves disposable Respirators (optional, if appropriate) Lab coat Slip resistant shoes Safety glasses, goggles and face shield 4

5 Hazard Analysis: Chemicals (Pouring/Handling) Eye Injury Splash, fumes Goggles Contact irritation, burn or absorption Splash, skin contact Gloves (appropriate type for chemical), apron (if necessary), long sleeves Inhalation Breathing fumes Wear respirator if needed Face Splash Wear Face Shield (if necessary) Goggles Gloves protective Clothing (apron) Respirator (as needed) Face shield (if necessary) 5

6 Hazard Analysis: Cleaning (Sweeping/Mopping/Buffing) Trauma Projectiles, impact, chemical contact Situational awareness, gloves, protective clothing Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes Inhalation Chemicals, dust Wear respirator or dust mask if needed Safety Shoes/boots Gloves (optional) protective Clothing (long pants recommended to prevent chemical splash on skin) Respirator or dust mask (as needed) 6

7 Hazard Analysis: Drum, Gal (Handling) Eye Injury Splashes Goggles (for handling exposed chemicals) Trauma Impact Situational awareness, gloves Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes Goggles Safety Shoes/boots Gloves 7

8 Hazard Analysis: Hand Held Portable Power Tools Inhalation Dust/particles generated during machine operation Appropriate natural ventilation, disposable respirators (if necessary), automatic vacuum machine Eye Injury Projectiles Safety glasses with side shield or appropriate safety goggles Foot Injury Drop object on foot Wear safety shoes Hand Injury Point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips & sparks Machine guards, situational awareness Head Projectiles Face Shield Protection Fire Sparks Appropriate placed fire extinguisher, remove all combustibles and fire hazards from machine area Noise Machine operation Hearing protection Electrical Shock Improper grounding, improper operations and maintenance Proper grounding of frame, manufacturer s instructions strictly followed Protective Clothing (optional) Safety Shoes/Boots Goggles/Safety Glasses w/side shields Disposable Respirators (optional) Face shield, as appropriate Hearing Protection 8

9 Hazard Analysis: Heat Gun Inhalation Fumes, vapors and gases generated during use Properly ventilated work area, use disposable respirators Burns Hot air, contact with heat gun Situational awareness, gloves Electrical Shock Improper operation & maintenance Manufacturer s instructions strictly followed, replace worn parts Gloves disposable Respirators (optional, if appropriate) 9

10 Hazard Analysis: Lifting/Carrying Objects Trauma Impact Situational awareness, gloves, back brace/belt (optional) Foot Injury Dropped object on foot Wear safety shoes/boots Safety Shoes/boots Gloves Back brace/belt (optional) 10

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