Health, Safety & Environment

  • Titles Include:
    • Orientation to Laboratory Safety
    • Safety Showers & Eye Washes
    • Flammables and Explosives
    • The OSHA Formaldehyde Standard
    • Electrical Safety in the Laboratory
    • Laboratory Ergonomics
    • Material Safety Data Sheets
    • Laboratory Hoods
    • Preventing Contamination
    • Safe Handling of Laboratory Glassware
    • Planning for Laboratory Emergencies
    • Compressed Gas Cylinders
    • GHS Safety Data Sheets in the Laboratory

Laboratory Safety

A unique line of training courses that address the everyday safety issues specific to laboratory environments.

The program contains a powerful combination of audio, full-motion video, text and colorful graphics, providing the most cost-effective laboratory safety training available today.

The courses are divided into a number of logical sections, each with its own quiz, so information is easily understood. The interactive formats allow trainers to collect employee performance information which can be organized through a powerful relational database and provides recordkeeping and tracking report capabilities.

The programs contain a Presenter’s Guide, Employee Quizzes, Scheduling and Attendance Forms, and Training Certificates.

These courses are available in several formats including:

  • Interactive CD-ROM
  • Web-based E-learning
  • DVD

Program is available in English and Spanish.

Orientation to Laboratory Safety

The Orientation to Laboratory Safety program shows both new employees and seasoned veterans the importance of safety in the laboratory as well as review the OSHA regulations and good safety practices that apply to laboratory environments.

Topics covered:
  • OSHA regulations
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  • Planning safe experiments
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Ventilation controls
  • Chemical storage
  • Accidents and emergencies
  • Waste disposal

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Safety Showers and Eye Washes in the Laboratory

The Safety Showers and Eye Washes in the Laboratory program reviews the correct ways to use this equipment, and emphasize the need for quick action after a chemical splash or spill in a laboratory.

Topics covered:
  • Getting to eye washes and safety showers in an emergency
  • Operating showers and eye washes
  • Exposure to corrosive substances
  • Testing eye wash and shower equipment
  • Using showers and eye washes properly

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Flammables and Explosives in the Laboratory

The Flammables and Explosives in the Laboratory program discusses the nature of flammable and explosive materials, as well as hazards associated with their use. They also review the proper handling procedures and personal protective equipment that should be used when working with these substances.

Topics covered:
  • Definitions of flammables and explosives.
  • Conditions that can create hazards.
  • The role of ventilation in preventing problems.
  • Transporting flammables and explosives.
  • Storage considerations.
  • Using compressed gases.
  • Emergency planning.
  • Disposal.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

OSHA Formaldehyde Standard

The OSHA Formaldehyde Standard program provides training that is required by this standard, focusing on the rules and procedures that the standard establishes for working with this potentially dangerous chemical.

Topics covered:
  • Potential health hazards.
  • Testing for Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL).
  • Labelling and material safety data sheets.
  • Hoods and other ventilation systems.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Spill and cleanup and decontamination procedures.
  • First aid.
  • The Medical Surveillance Plan.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Electrical Safety in the Laboratory

The Electrical Safety in the Laboratory program emphasizes the need for safety when using electricity, and discuss how to reduce the potential for accidents involving electrical shock, fire and explosions.

Topics covered:
  • How electricity works.
  • Common electrical hazards.
  • Fuses, circuit breakers and grounding.
  • Using and maintaining electrical equipment.
  • Accidents and emergency procedures.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Laboratory Ergonomics

Many of the activities performed in a laboratory can exert stress and strain on muscles and joints… ultimately causing significant injuries. To work safely and maintain good ergonomic health, employees need to know how to avoid movements and work patterns that can be harmful.

The Laboratory Ergonomics program discusses the need to set up work areas correctly, as well as how to minimize the strain of using laboratory equipment, tools and instruments.

Topics covered:
  • Parts of the body most susceptible to ergonomic problems.
  • Arranging work areas to minimize stress and strain.
  • Working from “neutral” positions.
  • Most and least stressful types of body movements.
  • Proper lifting techniques.
  • Effective stretching exercises.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Material Safety Data Sheets in the Laboratory

All potentially hazardous materials entering a laboratory have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). But to make good use of the information on an MSDS, employees need to understand how it is organized and what it contains.

The Material Safety Data Sheets in the Laboratory program reviews the various sections of the MSDS, what information can be found in each section and most importantly, how this information can help employees to work safely in their laboratory. Topics covered in these products include:

  • The purpose of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).
  • Sections of the MSDS.
  • Information found in each section.
  • How MSDS information can help employees work safely.
  • and more.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Laboratory Hoods

Many of the materials used in laboratories give off fumes, mists, vapours, particulates or aerosols which are hazardous. To minimize exposure to these materials, special precautions need to be taken. This often means within a “hood”.

The Laboratory Hoods program emphasize how to properly use laboratory hoods and how to test them to ensure correct functioning as well as discuss how hoods can protect an experiment, the facility, and most importantly, the employee.

Topics covered:
  • Why laboratory hoods are needed.
  • Protections afforded by hoods.
  • How hoods function mechanically.
  • Proper use of laboratory hoods.
  • Testing and maintenance.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Preventing Contamination in the Laboratory

Handling hazardous chemicals and specimens requires a great deal of caution. If substances are not properly controlled, hazards can spread and contaminate other materials, work areas and even employees themselves. With many laboratories using toxic, corrosive and carcinogenic chemicals, employees need to do all they can to prevent contamination.

The Preventing Contamination in the Laboratory program emphasizes the need to recognize situations that could lead to contamination, and discuss what can be done to prevent contamination from occurring.

Topics covered:
  • How contamination occurs.
  • General preventative measures.
  • Engineering controls.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Personal protective equipment.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Safe Handling of Laboratory Glassware

Broken glassware causes more laboratory accidents than any other hazard. Because it is so fragile, glassware can easily fracture if it is bumped, dropped or too much pressure is applied to it. Some glassware accidents don’t require much more than a band-aid, while others can result in a lot of blood and the need for medical attention. And the threat of contamination from the materials in a broken container can also be a serious problem.

The Safe Handling of Laboratory Glassware discusses the nature of various types of glassware, and the problems it can cause as well as the need for employees to use and maintain laboratory glassware safely.

Topics covered:
  • Inspecting glassware before use.
  • Effects of extreme temperatures and pressures.
  • Matching glassware to the experiment.
  • Working with glass tubing.
  • Using personal protective equipment.
  • Storage and handling.
  • Washing and cleanup.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Planning for Laboratory Emergencies

A caustic acid hose has just erupted… an experiment has shown unexpected reactions… what should employees do to deal with these and other emergencies? Employees need to know when and how they should act in an emergency situation.

The Planning for Laboratory Emergencies program discusses how to minimize damage and prevent injuries if a laboratory emergency should occur.

Topics covered:
  • The emergency plan.
  • Types of emergencies.
  • Alarms and warning systems.
  • Contacting outside agencies.
  • Evacuation.
  • Fires, explosions and chemical spills.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

Compressed Gas Cylinders in the Laboratory

The energy possessed by a compressed gas cylinder can make it a virtual “missile” if it is not handled with the utmost care. And a leaking cylinder or fitting can lead to asphyxiation, a fire or even an explosion. Since compressed gas cylinders are frequently used in many laboratories, employees need to be familiar with the precautions that should be taken when dealing with them.

The Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders in the Laboratory program examines how gas cylinders “work”, the hazards that are associated with them and the need for caution when using or storing a cylinder.

Topics covered:
  • The four ways to compress gases.
  • Hazards associated with compressed gases.
  • Proper storage procedures.
  • Marking and labeling.
  • Handling cylinders safely.
  • Connections and fittings.
  • Leak detection.

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning

GHS Safety Data Sheets in the Laboratory

The GHS Safety Date Sheets in the Laboratory training program is designed to assist facilities in
complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA’s newly adopted GHS regulations.

The program reviews the composition of GHS Safety Data Sheets, the information that’s
contained in each section and how SDS’s are different from Material Safety Data Sheets.

Topics covered:
  • Material Safety Data Sheets and GHS SDS’s
  • Materials and their hazards
  • Hazardous materials emergencies
  • Handling hazardous materials
  • and more

Available in English.

Formats: CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based / E-learning