Laboratory Safety - Basics and Beyond

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Laboratory Safety - Basics and Beyond

Laboratory Safety Basics and Beyond

December 8 & 9, 2005

The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Malvern, PA

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Who Should Attend

This course is directed toward laboratory managers, supervisors, technologists, technicians, health and safety professionals, and laboratory workers in the healthcare, research, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. This course does not require formal training in health and safety, but it is expected that participants have some experience working in the laboratory environment and have a reasonable understanding of lab safety basics, such as is covered in employee orientation or right-to-know training.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will have basic understanding of the principles of laboratory safety and the critical components of a laboratory safety program. You will be aware of the many resources available to assist in making the laboratory environment a healthy and safe workplace. You will have had the opportunity to bring issues forward and share in the knowledge and experiences of the instructors and fellow class participant.

Course Description

This 2-day course focuses on best practices and applications of safety principles in the laboratory environment. Rather than replicating what is found in legislation, this course covers the nuts and bolts of laboratory safety, including chemical, biological, physical, and psychosocial hazards, and provides the participants with a sound basis for exercising good judgment and the ability to set up and coordinate lab safety programs. Lab safety controls, ergonomics, equipment safety, emergency response and waste disposal procedures will be discussed and participants will be given the opportunity to engage in problem solving sessions to address specific topics of interest.

This course touches upon all important aspects of lab safety including: control of biological, chemical and physical hazards, indoor air quality and ventilation, emergency response procedures, waste disposal methods, equipment safety, personal protection, as well as the principles of loss control, safety management, and setting up a lab safety program. The course consists of oral presentations, multi-media tools, problem solving sessions, group discussions, and interactive question-and-answer periods. Participants are encouraged to raise issues of their particular concern with the expectation that that will complete bring home practical solutions and fresh approaches to help them management lab safety.