The following information is a partial listing of various safety sites and resources available at the University of Kentucky. All new students, staff, faculty, and visiting scientists in the Department should become familiar with this information.Please keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list and that much more additional information is available by calling the different safety units, checking library sources, manufacturer information etc.

All lab personnel should review a checklist to make sure that they have received appropriate safety training.

University Safety Units

Environmental Health and Safety
Occupational Health and Safety
Hazardous Materials Environmental Management
Fire Marshal
Radiation Safety
Biological Safety
Office of the Attending Veterinarian 

Employee Safety HandbookDeveloped for new persons but also a good review for others
Training ClassesListing of various training classes available to lab workers
University Chemical Hygiene PlanLab workers must read this manual before beginning work
Biosafety ManualMust be read by persons working with biological samples, infectious agents or recombinant DNA
Radiation Safety ManualMust be read by persons working with radioisotopes, lasers, and other radiation sources
Hazardous Waste ManualMust be read by anyone working with hazardous waste
Safety VideosVideos available from Occupational Health and Safety

Biosafety ManualMust be read by persons working with biological samples, infectious agents or recombinant DNA
Biohazard bags

Proper use of biohazard autoclave bags

Blood and body fluids
Cleaning protocols
Needles/sharps/glass disposal
Guidelines for proper disposal
Infectious agentsResources and guidelines
Recombinant DNAResources and guidelines
Shipping Biological SamplesExcellant overview of BL1 practices from the University of Michigan
General Safety PracticesGeneral procedures used in biological research labs
Spill procedures

Biological spill procedures

Waste batteries Disposal of spent batteries
Fluorescent light wasteDisposal of fluorescent lighting waste
Lab Safety Alerts

Descriptions of recent lab accidents

Accident reportingProcedures for reporting accidents and emergencies
First aid assistance

Procedures for handling emergency situations

Laboratory inspection guidelinesForm for self-inspection of laboratories
Safety Standards for Chemical LaboratoriesCriteria for safety features in labs using chemicals
Grants and Contracts ChecklistExcellent checklist required before initiating research projects
Lab SecurityReview of lab security protocols
Sewer UseReview of use of sanitary and storm sewers
Compressed gasesGuidelines for safe storage and handling of gas cylinders
Cryogenic materialsGuidelines for safe storage and handling
Drinking waterDescription of drinking water quality
Office ergonomicsDescription of ergonomic issues
Lab ergonomicsDescription of ergonomic issues
General ErgonomicsDescription of ergonomic issues
Computer Workstation ErgonomicsDescription of ergonomic issues
Lab Setup and Exit Survey ChecklistProvides details on setting up and closing a research lab
Surplusing EquipmentGuidelines on surplusing lab equipment
Air qualityFactors affecting indoor air quality
Extension cordsOfficial UK policy on use of extension cords
Microwave use
Official UK policy on use of microwave ovens
Recycle container use
Official UK policy on use and location of recycle containers
Corridor space use
Official UK policy on utilization of building corridors
Open flames
Official UK policy on use of flames on campus
Severe weather
Guidelines to follow in the event of severe weather
 MSDS SitesListing of MSDS sites and use of information (kindly supplied by UK Chemistry)
CarcinogensListing of known and suspected carcinogenic compounds
Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) Listing of chemicals which are incompatible
Hazard ratings

Information on use of NFPA fire diamond hazard rating for chemicals.

Compressed gases

Guidelines for safe storage and handling of gas cylinders

Flammable liquidsGuidelines for safe storage and handling of flammable liquids
Radioactive Material Use
Very useful summary for handling different isotopes
Chemical use by pregnant Lab workers

Chemical use by pregnant laboratory workers

Peroxide Forming ChemicalsList of peroxide-formers
Perchloric Acid UseInformation and tips on using perchloric acid.
Moving chemicals
Guidelines for moving chemicals
UK policy on solvents, forage and use
Mercury free thermometers free exchange programThermometer exchange program
Mercury spillsProtocols for handling mercury spills and releases
Chemical spillsProtocols for hangling chemical spills
Free ChemicalsChemicals available free of charge
Thermometer Exchange ProgramUK program that exchanges non-mercury for mercury thermometers
Glove selection guide
Listing of chemical resistances of various glove materials (a very useful resource)
Personal protective equipmentInformation on choosing the appropriate protective equipment
Fumehood useGuidelines for safe use of fumehoods
Eyewash/shower use
Guidelines for proper use eyewashes and emergency showers
Fire Safety and Fire ExtinguishersHow to properly select and use fire extinguishers
Respriator use
UK respiratory program and training
Hazardous wasteInformation on what is hazardous waste and handling procedures
Hazardous wasteAdditional information
Hazardous Waste Management Training Manual

IMPORTANT information on handling hazardous waste (from UK Chemistry)

Needle/sharps/glass disposalGuidelines for proper disposal
Biohazard bags
Proper use of biohazard autoclave bags (important guidelines)
Radiation wasteGuidelines for handling radioactive waste
Occupational Health for Animal WorkersImportant information and forms from the University Veterinarian
Animal Use RegulationsInformation and forms on animal use in research and teaching
Animal Worker Training
Training available from the University Veterinarian