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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.
Chemical Reactivity Worksheet
The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet is a free program you can use to determine the reactivity of substances or mixtures of substances. The Worksheet incorporates a database of more than 4,000 common hazardous chemicals. The Worksheet provides a way for you to "mix" chemicals to determine dangers that may arise. Versions are available for both Macintosh and Microsoft Windows computers.
- 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.
- EPA Envirofacts Master Chemical Integrator.
- 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