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General Laboratory & Chemical Safety
The mission of the Laboratory Safety group is to promote and support a safe and healthy environment in all research and instructional laboratories at the University of Maryland. The Laboratory Safety group assists researchers in evaluating chemical and physical hazards and selecting appropriate controls, including ventilation controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment. The Laboratory Safety group conducts training, reviews plans for new laboratory spaces, manages the annual chemical fume hood testing program, and manages the laboratory warning sign system.
Help! What training should my employees take?
The Lab Training Requirements can assist UMD managers with the identification of training requirements for their personnel.
UMD Chemical Information
- Particularly hazardous substances are acutely toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and reproductive toxins. Laboratories using these substances are required to have a designated storage location and written procedures specifically for these materials regarding safe use, waste handling, and spill/accident response.
- Table of Incompatible Chemicals
- Peroxide-Forming Chemicals
- Container venting caps should reduce the number of waste container over-pressurization incidents.
Emergency Preparedness for Laboratories
Every laboratory should be prepared to respond to disruptions, such as campus closures for severe weather or an unscheduled loss of utilities. Being prepared preserves the safety of laboratory personnel, reduces the loss of research materials, and can minimize the time it takes a laboratory to fully recover to normal operation. Each laboratory has unique vulnerabilities to address, so procedures should be customized to the research happening in the space. Check out our Emergency Preparedness for Laboratories to see how your lab can prepare for these events.
- Safety Data Sheets
- Large Database with information on chemical structure, molecular formula, physical properties, DOT and EPA codes, etc.
- National Toxicology Program (NIH-NCI, NIH-NIEHS,FDA-NCTR,CDC_NIOSH:
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) - Includes information on Hazardous Substances and chemical protocols for Acutely Toxic Substances.
- National Toxicology Program testing - National Institute of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) provides study data and abstracts on teratology toxicity testing.
- Reproductive testing - National Institute of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) provides study data and abstracts on reproductive testing.
- Globally Harmonized System worksheet (courtesy of Duke University’s Occupational and Environmental Safety Office) that contains an extensive, though not comprehensive, list of these substances. This worksheet also includes common reactive chemicals which include: explosives, flammable solids, peroxide formers, oxidizers, and compounds that are reactive with air or water.
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Books from National Research Council
- Laboratory Security Awareness