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TEXT HEADER Health and Safety

The Co-Chairs of the Chemistry Health & Safety Committee are Kalai Saravanamuttu and Leah Allan

Members of our Department trained in First Aid are:
Jim Britten - ABB B101
Kirk Green - ABB 474
Steve Kornic - ABB 230
Tricia Martin - ABB 222
Nicki Robinson - ABB 412

NOTE: ABB has an OHSA Regulation 1101, 1st Aid Kit supplied by EOHSS. There is one in the Chemistry Main Office (ABB 156). You DO NOT need to have a regulation kit in your lab! If you decide to have one, you must ensure a person in your lab is certified with the 2 Day Standard 1st Aid Training. A log and inventory of the kit must be kept by this person and only this person can issue items from the 1st Aid Kit.

Should you decide to have a regulation kit, your 1st Aid Kit should have the following:
First Aid Requirements | Regulation 1101

(1) Every employer employing not more than five workers in any one shift at a place of employment shall provide and maintain at the place of employment a first aid station with a first aid
box containing as a minimum,
(a) a current edition of a standard St. John Ambulance First Aid Manual;
(b) 1 card of safety pins; and
(c) dressings consisting of,
(i) 12 adhesive dressings individually wrapped,
(ii) 4 sterile gauze pads, 3 inches square,
(iii) 2 rolls of gauze bandage, 2 inches wide,
(iv) 2 fi eld dressings, 4 inches square or 2 four-inch
sterile bandage compresses, and
(v) 1 triangular bandage.

(2) The employer shall ensure that the first aid station is at all times in the charge of a worker who,
(a) is the holder of a valid St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid Certifi cate or its equivalent; and
(b) works in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Chemistry Department - Health and Safety Policy and Guidelines

Disclaimer and Acknowledgement     

Emergency Procedures

A.        General Considerations ‑and Overview

B.        Procedures in Case of Accident       

C.        Fire Protection

D.        Explosions, Pressure and Vacuum

E.         Caustic Substances

F.         Toxic Substances

G.        Transportation and Storage of Chemicals

H.        Physical Hazard

I.          Occupational Health and Safety Act of the Province of Ontario and WHMIS

J.         Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

K.        References


Appendix 1      Types of Fires and Fire Extinguishers

Appendix 2     Flash Points and Boiling Points of Some Common Laboratory Solvents

Appendix 3     Methods for the Destruction of Small Quantities of Some Common Reactive Materials

Appendix 4    Peroxidizable Compounds

Appendix 5     First Aid for Chemical Exposures         


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McMaster Health and Safety Policies
Mandatory Training Requirements
As specified by the Dean of Science
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) for Set-up and use of Stills:
Useful procedures you may wish to adopt in your lab or modify for your purposes.
Is the fume hood sash broken? Is water dripping on the floor?
Learn how to place a work order!
Grounding and Bonding Solvent Drums
Many researchers use solvent drums and dispense into smaller vessles. Click the link above to learn more about proper grounding and bonding
Working with HF? It is mandatory that you attend the HF training course and have an emergency HF kit in your lab.
Lab Coat Laundering

In the News:
A fire in January at UCLA involving t-Bu-Li resulted in the death of the technician handling the liquid. This is a tragedy that should have been avoided. Please understand the hazards involved in the chemicals you are handling - always ask yourself, "What if...?" And KNOW the answer!

An assault in a Chemistry lab in Ottawa occurred over the Labour Day Weekend - Please make sure you enter the building safely after hours, inform Security of your presence and lock the door behind you!

A fire occurred in a lab in Ohio State University - hexane was the solvent involved - as it was in our last lab fire. Be aware - this could happen to you! Please work safely and follow proper handling/storage/waste procedures.

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