Laboratory Safety

Safety Snippet Videos

Assignment: After viewing each safety snippet, write down 1 to 3 key takeaways for each video.

Outfit for Safety


Description:

A video created by the University of California, San Diego that comprehensively discusses the appropriate pieces of personal protective equipment for different laboratory environments.


The Sloppy Lab


Description:

The EECS Department at the University of Michigan created this video to demonstrate the hazards that a sloppy lab poses.


Food in the Lab


Description:

This video emphasizes the potential consequences of bringing food into the lab and was produced by the EECS Department at the University of Michigan.


Glove Removal Safety


Description:

This UCLA produced video summarizes the proper way to remove gloves safely in a laboratory.


Safety Gear


Description:

This video, developed by the EECS Department at the University of Michigan, highlights the importance of wearing the proper safety gear in the lab.


Evacuate


Description:

The EECS Department at the University of Michigan stresses the importance of evacuating the building at the sound of any alarm, even if it may just be a drill in this video.


How to Use an Emergency Safety Shower


Description:

This video, produced by EHS at Iowa State University, reviews the proper use of an emergency safety shower.


Videos of Case Histories

After the Rainbow


Description:

A reflective CSB video by an accident victim who was severely injured at a high school chemistry lab demonstration accident in Ohio, in 2006. The teacher was demonstrating how different chemicals burnt at different light frequencies without any safety gear like a lab-coat or goggles.


Experimenting with Danger


Description:

This CSB video discusses three accidents at university laboratories and research facilities - the 2008 fatal accident at UCLA involving a pyrophoric chemical (4:10), the 1997 death of a professor at Dartmouth College via accidental poisoning (7:48), and the 2010 explosion at Texas Tech University where a graduate student lost three fingers (11:14).


Guidelines

Incident Reports from Other Universities

University of California, Berkeley
University of Auckland, New Zealand