1) I have a solution of hydrochloric acid at pH 2. Is it alright to flush down the sink?
[ protection-sinks] no yes yes, if I add baking soda to neutralize
2) I am using 100% Ethanol to isolate DNA. Is it okay to store in a refrigerator?
[ protection-refrigerators] yes yes, if in a sealed metal can no only if in a flame proof refrigerator or freezer
3) What agencies may help Hopkins to remain a safe working place?
[ protection-inspections] Monterey County Health Department Pacific Grove Fire Department Stanford Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) EPA OSHA All of the above
4) Who are the two emergency coordinators? [
home page] Judy Thompson any professor Chris Patton Judy and Chris Judy, Chris and any professor
5) Which of these have happened at Hopkins? [
emergencies-emergency response] personal Injuries fires, spills & gas leaks earthquakes all of the above
6) I need safety information on a new chemical I am using. Which of these might be helpful places to look? [
hazards-chemical haz search & common sense] Life Safety Box the container itself knowledgeable person hmssafety website all of the above
7) What information needs to be on ALL chemical containers? [
protection-labels] solid, liquid or gas name and hazards who made the material maker (company or person), date made, full chemical name, hazards
8) Is it all right for me to put up shelves in my office/lab? [
hazards-construction] yes with my professors approval just forget it, not possible see Judy first
9) The Life Safety Box does not indicate any hazards for the room I want to work in. Does this mean there are no hazards in the room? [
protection-life safety boxes] I am not a fire fighter, so I don't care what the Life Safety Box says it’s not safe in any room the box says it’s safe, so there are no hazards caution is always advised
10) Ethanol has what hazards? [
] [ HAZ emergencies - chem haz] flammable flammable and slight poison oh my, I will never use this stuff again! flammable, poison, suspect cancer, irritant, liver and kidney toxin
personal protection am I likely to need working in a lab at Hopkins?
[ protection-personal protection] gloves are all I ever need gloves, goggles and lab coat or rubber apron as above, but add eye wash and fire extinguisher, just to be sure.
12) Is it safe for me to leave an extension cord up for several days if I wrap it around or tie it to a rafter to insure it is not a trip hazard?
[ hazards-electrical] yes only if approved by my professor only if the circuit has a GFI no
13) What are the most likely hazards from earthquakes in
Pacific Grove? [ hazards-earthquakes] the building falling on me! nothing ever happens here chemicals combining, if not stored properly chemicals combining plus gas cylinder rupturing chemicals, gas cylinders, and a heavy object falling on my head chemicals, gas cylinders, heavy object on head and fire
14) Gas cylinders must be double [
Strapped Chained Tied ] to a wall/rack at 1/3 and 2/3 height to be safe during a fire or earthquake. [ hazards-compressed gas]
15) Who knows when it is safe to go back into a building after an evacuation?
[ emergencies-evacuation] the fire department and/or Judy or Chris only the fire department can give the all clear only my professor knows our lab well enough
16) A waste is a waste as soon as it is: [
hazards-waste] empty when I no longer want it only when I say it is a waste when it has reached the expiration date on the side of the bottle
17) Is it safe to pour seawater down the sanitary sewer drain? [
protection-sinks] any quantity is fine if less than ten gallons never, must go down a seawater drain always ask Chris first
Waste bottles get their own special label with what information? [ hazards-waste] date, chemical name, hazards date, lab name, chemicals in percents, hazards, maker date, lab name, full chemical names, percent of each, hazards, physical state
19) How are chemical names to be represented on labels? [
protection-labels] full names only, never abbreviations abbreviations for common materials okay, full names for exotics any name is fine as long as I know what it is only for hazardous materials. (distilled water does not need a label)
20) I need to autoclave five one liter flasks of media at 3am for a critical experiment.
[ protection-autoclaves] too bad. I should have thought ahead. if I am biosafety trained I can go ahead. if I are biosafety and autoclaved trained I may proceed.
21) Eating in the lab is OK as long as I keep it in my hand and don't get crumbs into my experiment. [
common sense] I feel lucky oh please, the safety officer is not around not okay for me, but fine if puppy eats things off the floor. no
22) Filling out all the paper work to be able to use fish in my experiments is time consuming and frustrating. When can I finally start doing my experiments? [
animals-introduction] as soon as I turn in the paper work as this is just a formality as long as it is a related species, it’s covered any time. I will get the permit if this experiment works. only when officially approved by APLAC at their once a month meeting.
23) At any given time there may be empty space in the Aquaria facility. What do I need to do to move in? [
animals-tank tags] put a sticker up with my name on it see Chris and use online form just move in already, that's what it's there for
24) I use some volatile toxic stuff sometimes. What kind of respirator can I get locally?
[ protection-personal protection] most hardware stores locally have a good selection of styles and cartridges none, can only get respirators through EH&S on main campus after training do it in a fume hood instead and take larger materials outside
25) Can I hurt myself even when lifting small objects? [
hazards-lifting] only if over fifty or really out of shape maybe, if I do it fast enough and long enough no way
26) Ground fault interrupters are on all the outlets in the Aquaria facility, therefore it is safe to use any extension cord in the area. [
hazards-electrical] that’s what GFIs are for only with approval from my professor only if the extension cord is in good condition, not immersed in water, and not a trip hazard
27) Wearing a
single glove between buildings tells others at the station [ protection-gloves] that I care about them and don't like exposing them to hazardous materials that I are cheap and trying to save lab funds that I don't mind what DNA ends up in my PCR reaction
28) The appropriate protective equipment to wear when using liquid nitrogen or dry ice is
[ hazards–cryogens] those knitted cloth cold mitts cryo gloves, face shield, and full loose clothing (carefully tucked into shoes and waist) face shield, cryo gloves, long sleeves and pants (not tucked in and no cuffs)
29) When do I have to get this worksheet done by? [
top of this page] when I feel like it only if Judy or Chris find out only when my professor tells me I have to before work begins only if I need a key never, if I am only doing office work
30) Who is ultimately responsible for my safety at Hopkins? [
safety home page] tiered responsibilities beginning with ME my professor Judy and Chris EH&S on main campus
31) What can I store in a fume hood? [
protection-fume hoods] anything that fits only waste and other hazardous materials I don’t want to chance exposure to only the current experiment in progress anything as long as it is in secondary containment
32) I need a haz waste tub on my lab bench. How many are allowed per lab?
[ hazards-waste] one, no exceptions as many as I want one/lab, but temp okay if emptied at end of day into the larger container in the waste area.
33) I need to ship something on dry ice. Where do I get one of those dry ice stickers for my styrofoam container? [
cryogens & shipping with dry ice] front office Barbara Compton FedEx on Lighthouse do cryo training, get proper box with cardboard box on the outside, then see Barbara or Chris BEFORE 3 pm
34) Even working in an office has hazards. True. [
hazards-office] Check all that apply) clutter trip hazard open drawers proper fit to my computer extention cords with space heaters chemicals in the next room
35) Some mussels I have collected along the Washington state coast are due to arrive on Tuesday. What do I have to do to get ready for them? [
animals-introduction] Get Fish & Wildlife approval, construct an isolation system, and have F&W inspect and approve of same before moving animals in. Since the mussels are the same species we have in California, I just need to see Chris about tank space in the Aquaria facility. Since the mussels are the same species we have in Monterey Bay, I just need to see Chris about tank space in the Aquaria facility. Add them to a tank of mussels I already collected here at Hopkins.
TRICK stands for what? [protection-injury prevention] Track, Record, Identity, Care, Keep Training, Reporting, Identifying, Correcting, Keeping Training, Responsibilities, Identify, Carefully, Keeping
37) I understand the changes that I will have to make in my own behavior working near an
? ASBS Yes No
38) Enter the "secret" code from the
Hazard Sign Game
39) Stanford has had to tighten up on internet security because:
[protection info tech] hackers are constantly trying to get in our devices for mischief/harm criminals steal identities and financial information foreign governments are after our research data there can be a huge cost for liability and lost time
Comments: I had trouble with these questions (give question #s please).
It is recommended that you fill out this form about personal emergency contact information and give it to Judy so she has someone to call in case something happens to you. Thanks. hmseci.pdf
NOTE: More Training is Needed For Vertebrate Animals, Diving/Boating/Refuge, Biosafety, Shops, Cryogens, Histology Room