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 

TRAINING INFORMATIONTraining ChecklistVERY IMPORTANT LIST THAT ALL NEW LABORATORY WORKERS SHOULD CHECKEmployee Safety HandbookDeveloped for new persons but also a good review for othersTraining ClassesListing of various training classes available to lab workersUniversity Chemical Hygiene PlanLab workers must read this manual before beginning workBiosafety ManualMust be read by persons working with biological samples, infectious agents or recombinant DNARadiation Safety ManualMust be read by persons working with radioisotopes, lasers, and other radiation sourcesHazardous Waste ManualMust be read by anyone working with hazardous wasteSafety VideosVideos available from Occupational Health and Safety

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATIONBiosafety ManualMust be read by persons working with biological samples, infectious agents or recombinant DNABiohazard bags

Proper use of biohazard autoclave bags

Blood and body fluids
Cleaning protocolsNeedles/sharps/glass disposal
Guidelines for proper disposalInfectious agentsResources and guidelinesRecombinant DNAResources and guidelinesShipping Biological SamplesExcellant overview of BL1 practices from the University of MichiganGeneral Safety PracticesGeneral procedures used in biological research labsSpill procedures

Biological spill procedures

Waste batteries Disposal of spent batteriesFluorescent light wasteDisposal of fluorescent lighting wasteGENERAL LABORATORY AND OFFICE SAFETYLab Safety Alerts

Descriptions of recent lab accidents

Accident reportingProcedures for reporting accidents and emergenciesFirst aid assistance

Procedures for handling emergency situations

Laboratory inspection guidelinesForm for self-inspection of laboratoriesSafety Standards for Chemical LaboratoriesCriteria for safety features in labs using chemicalsGrants and Contracts ChecklistExcellent checklist required before initiating research projectsLab SecurityReview of lab security protocolsSewer UseReview of use of sanitary and storm sewersCompressed gasesGuidelines for safe storage and handling of gas cylindersCryogenic materialsGuidelines for safe storage and handlingDrinking waterDescription of drinking water qualityOffice ergonomicsDescription of ergonomic issuesLab ergonomicsDescription of ergonomic issuesGeneral ErgonomicsDescription of ergonomic issuesComputer Workstation ErgonomicsDescription of ergonomic issuesLab Setup and Exit Survey ChecklistProvides details on setting up and closing a research labSurplusing EquipmentGuidelines on surplusing lab equipmentAir qualityFactors affecting indoor air qualityExtension cordsOfficial UK policy on use of extension cordsMicrowave use
Official UK policy on use of microwave ovensRecycle container use
Official UK policy on use and location of recycle containersCorridor space use
Official UK policy on utilization of building corridorsOpen flames
Official UK policy on use of flames on campusSevere weather
Guidelines to follow in the event of severe weatherCHEMICAL SAFETY  MSDS SitesListing of MSDS sites and use of information (kindly supplied by UK Chemistry)CarcinogensListing of known and suspected carcinogenic compoundsLaboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) Listing of chemicals which are incompatibleHazard 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 liquidsRadioactive Material Use
Very useful summary for handling different isotopesChemical use by pregnant Lab workers

Chemical use by pregnant laboratory workers

Peroxide Forming ChemicalsList of peroxide-formersPerchloric Acid UseInformation and tips on using perchloric acid.Moving chemicals
Guidelines for moving chemicalsSolvents
UK policy on solvents, forage and useMercury free thermometers free exchange programThermometer exchange programMercury spillsProtocols for handling mercury spills and releasesChemical spillsProtocols for hangling chemical spillsFree ChemicalsChemicals available free of chargeThermometer Exchange ProgramUK program that exchanges non-mercury for mercury thermometersSAFETY EQUIPMENTGlove selection guide
Listing of chemical resistances of various glove materials (a very useful resource)Personal protective equipmentInformation on choosing the appropriate protective equipmentFumehood useGuidelines for safe use of fumehoodsEyewash/shower use
Guidelines for proper use eyewashes and emergency showersFire Safety and Fire ExtinguishersHow to properly select and use fire extinguishersRespriator use
UK respiratory program and trainingCHEMICAL WASTE AND DISPOSALHazardous wasteInformation on what is hazardous waste and handling proceduresHazardous wasteAdditional informationHazardous Waste Management Training Manual

IMPORTANT information on handling hazardous waste (from UK Chemistry)

Needle/sharps/glass disposalGuidelines for proper disposalBiohazard bags
Proper use of biohazard autoclave bags (important guidelines)Radiation wasteGuidelines for handling radioactive wasteANIMAL WORKER SAFETYOccupational Health for Animal WorkersImportant information and forms from the University VeterinarianAnimal Use RegulationsInformation and forms on animal use in research and teachingAnimal Worker Training
Training available from the University Veterinarian