We do not yet have a complete risk assessment piece for teaching labs. However, we have been helping teaching labs develop checklists for laboratory instructors to support safe practices in the lab. The checklist developed for our Biology department is attached; the teaching lab checklist includes an assessment of the PPE required for the course and a requirement that SOPs are available as appropriate. Prior to the implementation of the checklist, lab instructors had no guidance on safe practices, and the teaching labs were woefully below expectations on routine site visits.
This checklist has been shared with at least three other departments with similar challenges—temporary instructors, remote locations, varied course offerings—and these departments have also found this to be a useful tool to bring safety guidance into the undergraduate lab course.
Here are the links to the checklists:
This concise to the point and very much needed.
I have been promoting the idea that we need risk assessment documents for all experiments we do in our teaching labs. Does anyone have templates and or examples?
Pamela Auburn, PhD
Houston TX 77098
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Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 6:40 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Draft lab risk assessment video comments requested
With the support of the ACS's Innovative Project Grant program for technical divisions, DCHAS has been working with Timothy Gallagher of the University of Bristol
and a video artist to develop a short video on the the topic of laboratory risk assessments and maintaining situational awareness as work proceeds. We are nearing the end of the editing process; the current draft is available for viewing at
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I'd appreciate any comments or questions DCHAS members have about the video by Thursday of this week.
Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
American Chemical Society
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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