Maintain a safe work area!Establish (and follow) safety protocols with all hazardous materials
Includes entry and exit requirementsSegregate regulated (hazardous) waste from regular trashMake decisions on the proper handling of spillsCommunicate potential lab hazards to any non-lab personnel (i.e. housekeepers, visitors)
Non-Lab Worker Responsibilities(when entering a lab)
Enter labs only when necessary, preferably when lab personnel are presentReview hazard warning signage, and follow any noted entry requirementsDo not hesitate to ask questionsNotify lab staff of any concerns (i.e. spills)Wash hands before exiting lab if you have touched anything
Wear gloves when pulling trashPull the trash bag and replace with new oneNotify lab representative when inappropriate waste disposal is found (i.e. sharps in regular trash)Don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Wash the affected area with soap and waterExcept for eye exposures (flush using eyewash)
Notify a responsible laboratory representativeMay need to clean up spill, or to implement some other emergency procedure
Notify your supervisorComplete Occupational Injury or Illness Form http://www.hr.duke.edu/forms/injury.html
For all emergencies, you may dial 911 for immediate access to Duke PoliceFind a laboratory representative
Report identified spills immediately to a laboratory representative.Remove yourself from the area since the spilled material may be volatile and pose an inhalation risk to you.Lab representative will determine whether to clean-up spill or request “outside” help.
Wash Your Hands!
Before exiting the lab and immediately if hands are believed to be contaminatedPerhaps the most effective way of preventing cross-contamination of work areasProven method for infection control