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Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students


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Preface to the Students. To the Instructor. Acknowledgments. Acronyms. Chapter 1 Principles, Ethics, and Practices. 1.1.1 The Four Principles of Safety. 1.1.2 What is Green Chemistry? 1.2.1 Rethinking Safety: Learning from Laboratory Incidents. 1.2.2 Green Chemistry in Organic Chemistry. 1.3.1 Fostering a Safety Culture. 1.3.2 Employers' Expectations of Safety Skills for New Chemists. 1.3.3 Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Safety. 1.3.4 Green Chemistry - The Big Picture. Chapter 2 Emergency Response. 2.1.1 Responding to Laboratory Emergencies. 2.1.2 Fire Emergencies in Introductory Courses. 2.1.3 Chemical Spills: On You and in the Lab oratory. 2.1.4 First Aid in Chemistry Laboratories. 2.2.1 Fire Emergencies in Organic and Advanced Courses. 2.2.2 Chemical Spills: Containment and Clean-up. Chapter 3 Understanding and Communicating about Laboratory Hazards. 3.1.1 Routes of Exposure to Hazards. 3.1.2 Learning the Language of Safety: Signs, Symbols, and Labels. 3.1.3 Finding Hazard Information Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). 3.2.1 The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). 3.2.2 Information Resources About Laboratory Hazards and Safety. 3.2.3 Interpreting MSDS Information. 3.3.1 Chemical Hygiene Plans. Chapter 4 Recognizing Laboratory Hazards: Toxic Substances and Biological Agents. 4.1.1 Introduction to Toxicology. 4.1.2 Acute Toxicity. 4.2.1 Chronic Toxicity. 4.3.1 Carcinogens. 4.3.2 Biotransformation, Bioaccumulation, and Elimination of Toxicants. 4.3.3 Biological Hazards and Biosafety. Chapter 5 Recognizing Laboratory Hazards: Physical Hazards. 5.1.1 Corrosive Hazards in Introductory Chemistry Laboratories. 5.1.2 Flammables - Chemicals with Burning Passions. 5.2.1 Corrosives in Advanced Laboratories. 5.2.2 The Chemistry of Fire and Explosions. 5.2.3 Incompatibles A Clash of Violent Proportions. 5.3.1 Gas Cylinders and Cryogenic Liquid Tanks. 5.3.2 Peroxides Potentially Explosive Hazards. 5.3.3 Reactive and Unstable Laboratory Chemicals. 5.3.4 Hazards from Low or High Pressure Systems. 5.3.5 Electrical Hazards. 5.3.6 Housekeeping in the Research Laboratory - The Dangers of Messy Labs. 5.3.7 Nonionizing Radiation and Electric and Magnetic Fields. 5.3.8 An Array of Rays Ionizing Radiation Hazards in the Laboratory. 5.3.9 Cryogenic Hazards A Chilling Experience. 5.3.10 Runaway Reactions. 5.3.11 Hazards of Catalysts. Chapter 6 Risk Assessment. 6.1.1 Risk Assessment - Living Safely with Hazards. 6.2.1 Using the GHS to Evaluate Chemical Toxic Hazards. 6.2.2 Understanding Occupational Exposure Limits. 6.3.1 Assessing Chemical Exposure. 6.3.2 Working or Visiting in a New Laboratory. 6.3.3 Safety Planning for New Experiments. Chapter 7 Minimizing, Controlling and Managing Hazards. 7.1.1 Managing Risk Making Decisions about Safety. 7.1.2 Laboratory Eye Protection. 7.1.3 Protecting Your Skin Clothes, Gloves and Tools. 7.1.4 Chemical Hoods in Introductory Laboratories. 7.2.1 More about Eye and Face Protection. 7.2.2 Protecting Your Skin in Advanced Laboratories. 7.2.3 Containment and Ventilation in Advanced Laboratories. 7.3.1 Safety Measures for Common Laboratory Operations. 7.3.2 Radiation Safety. 7.3.3 Laser Safety. 7.3.4 Biological Safety Cabinets. 7.3.5 Protective Clothing and Respirators. 7.3.6 Safety in the Research Laboratory. 7.3.7 Process Safety for Chemical Operations. Chapter 8 Chemical Management: Inspections, Storage, Wastes, and Security. 8.1.1 Introduction to Handling Chemical Wastes. 8.2.1 Storing Flammables and Corrosives. 8.3.1 Doing Your Own Safety Inspection. 8.3.2 Managing Chemicals in Your Laboratory. 8.3.3 Chemical Inventories and Storage. 8.3.4 Handling Hazardous Laboratory Waste. 8.3.5 Chemical Security. Index.

About the Author

ROBERT H. HILL, Jr, PhD, has more than thirty years ofexperience working in the occupational and environmental healthcommunity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).He has worked in the CDC research laboratories of the NationalInstitute for Occupational Safety and Health and the NationalCenter for Environmental Health. Dr. Hill has also worked in theOffice of Health and Safety, serving as acting director. DAVID C. FINSTER, PhD, teaches chemistry at WittenbergUniversity, where he has served as chair of the ChemistryDepartment. He is also the university's Chemical Hygiene Officerand a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer (NRCC, 1999). In addition,Dr. Finster has presented numerous talks and workshops on theapplication of intellectual development theory to learning scienceand chemistry.


This book should be widely adopted by many programs giventhe importance of chemical safety. With a list price under $70, itis not unreasonable to ask students to purchase this book in theirfirst year, knowing that it will be used every yearfollowing. (Journal of Chemical Education, February2012) "An excellent resource for undergraduate chemistry students,including non-majors, as well as graduate students. Highly recommended. Academic, two-year technical program,and professional libraries, all levels." (Choice, March 2011) "This authoritative and clearly-written book is full of relevantand important material. Every undergraduate laboratory, and,ideally, every undergraduate chemist, should have a copy of whatis, by some distance, the best book I have seen on safety in theundergraduate laboratory." (Education in Chemistry, May 2011) "This authoritative and clearly-written book is full of relevantand important material. Every undergraudate laboratory, and,ideally, every undergraduate chemist, should have a copy of what isby some distance the best book I have seen on safety in theundergraduate laboratory". (Chemistry World, March 2011)

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