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Unformatted text preview: ); ● regular monitoring of the performance of equipment and ventilation systems; ● formal and regular procedures to ensure that sufficient full-time personnel are trained in the proper use of emergency equipment and procedures; and ● procedures that ensure proper disposal of waste chemicals. This volume is primarily for students in college and university chemistry laboratories, and the companion volume is for the faculty and administrators who develop and oversee the laboratory programs. This volume emphasizes the importance of knowing the hazards beforehand and the necessity of taking appropriate precautions. Later in their careers, whether as chemists or otherwise, students will encounter the challenges presented by various state and federal regulations. Accordingly, this volume addresses certain aspects of chemical laboratory work that involve regulations developed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); and the 1 students short index 1/15/03 12:45 PM Page 2 Occupational Safety and Health Act. However, accident prevention, not the regulations, is the essential component of all laboratory operations: Doing things safely is not merely the right way to work —it is the only way. This manual provides a basis from which individual safety policies and procedures can be developed. It is not intended to replace existing rules or regulations. It is a starting point for understanding accident prevention; further and more detailed information can be found in the references in Appendix 1. Most of the material presented here is the result of the many years of practical knowledge of the members of the Joint Board–Council Committee on Chemical Safety with additional information derived from regulatory sources. 2 students short index 1/15/03 12:45 PM Page 3 1. Your Responsibility for Accident Prevention Accident prevention is a collective responsibility that requires the full cooperation of everyone in the laboratory. Your safety is both your and your la...
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