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Safety Management

Safety Management Regulations

33 Steps for Safe Laboratory Activity
  • Documenting every policy related to the safety, health, and environment of the researcher.
  • Allocation of budget related to safety.
  • Aim to develop programs related to safety, health, and environment and use it to educate freshmen.
  • Create a committee that will regularly discuss how to promote the safety, health, and environmental issues for all students and staff members.
  • All students and staff members must participate in the safety program and learn the responsibilities.
  • All students and staff members must sign a written oath that shows they understand the codes and regulations of safety and health.
  • There shall be regular and irregular safety checks throughout all laboratories to prevent possible accidents.
  • Discuss all accidents and make note so that the accident does not recur.
  • Establish and run a library related to safety (purchase books and videos and provide them to the public).
  • Always remind researchers that safety is the number one priority in their research.
  • There must be sufficient discussion about the safety of experiment procedures and tools that are required before carrying out an experiment.
  • A number of questions must be asked and considered if there is potential danger in carrying out a certain experiment.
    • What are the risk factors?
    • What is the worst-case scenario?
    • How will I resolve the problem?
    • What are the protective gears/facility/optimal reactions that will minimize the threat from the risk factors?
  • When handling dangerous chemical compounds the experiment must be carried out within the fume hood. Develop procedures for unique and individual experiments.
  • Do not conduct experiments alone in the laboratory (one must notify someone who has knowledge of my contact information).
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in the laboratory.
  • One must be trained to appropriately react to the following emergency situations: fire, explosion, drug intoxication, exposure to chemical materials, release of gas, short circuit, electric shock, hemorrhage, and infection.
  • Fire extinguishers, emergency shower systems, emergency eye washers, first aid, emergency blankets, and hoods must be checked monthly.
  • In case of emergency one should have the contact information for the fire station, campus police and ambulance.
  • KAIST must provide first aid equipment and manuals.
  • To avoid the unnecessary purchase of chemical materials, a detailed list of chemical materials must be prepared.
  • There must be a warning sign on all risk factors.
  • Laboratories must always be cleaned and organized.
  • Laboratories must carry protective eye gear at all times.
  • Laboratories must carry the appropriate protective gear for all individuals: safety devices, goggles, gloves, lab coats, and face-shields.
  • Develop a program for the storage and disposal of chemical materials.
  • Develop a legitimate and ecologically safe system for chemical waste material.
  • All chemical material must be labeled with the name, traits, danger level, precautionary measures, and name of the manager.
  • A minimum amount of volatile chemicals must be kept in the laboratory.
  • Acids and bases must be separately stored. Combustible liquids and oxidizers must be separately stored.
  • Chemical material should be stored and safely secured where there is sufficient ventilation.
  • Combustible chemical material must be stored in a heat resistant cabinet.
  • Always be cautious when handling electrical appliances.
Laboratory Safety Precaution
  • Only carry out designated experiments during the scheduled time.
  • Do not leave the vicinity during an experiment.
  • Experiments must be conducted under the responsibility of the advising professor.
  • The front door of the laboratory must post the danger level of the experiment, emergency measures, and emergency contact information of the supervisor.
  • Dangerous chemicals must be handled within the hood.
  • During experiments one must wear a lab coat and protective gear.
  • One must be aware of the location of safety devices (fire extinguisher, emergency shower system).
  • Experiment devices and the vicinity of the experiment must be cleaned and organized after the experiment. Used chemicals must be kept in the matching reagent bottles.
  • There must not be any obstacles in the vicinity of the laboratory door.
  • Smoking, sleeping, and eating are prohibited in the laboratory.
Procedures in Case of Accidents
  • Other than the workers handling the leakage, all other personnel must evacuate the area.
  • If possible take action to prevent the leaked chemical material from spreading.
  • Suppress the fire or accident as fast as possible.
  • After removing the leaked chemical materials, be sure to wear protective gear while working.
    ※In the case of a leakage accident call the emergency line 4000 (Safety Center).
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