Electrical Safety for Research and Education

Electricity is a vital part of research and education facility operations, but it can also pose an extreme health hazard in those facilities.

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Security Threat Awareness

While most workplaces are generally safe environments, employees should be aware of potential security threats and prevention tactics.

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Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements. Almost all chemical manufacturers, importers, distributers and employers in the United States are now required to use the Globally Harmonized System of Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). This new system updated the requirements for safety data sheets (formerly Material Safety Data Sheets) and chemical labels.

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Organic Peroxides in the Workplace

Organic peroxides are highly useful chemicals which are used in a wide range of laboratory and plastics manufacturing applications. They are also unstable and require care during transportation, handling and storage.

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How Does OSHA Protect Laboratory Workers from Bloodborne Pathogens?

As part of the bloodborne pathogens, or BBP standard, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requires many workplaces to have policies and controls in place to protect employees from cuts, needlestick injuries and exposure to blood borne pathogens. While OSHA regulations do not apply to every lab environment or work position, these guidelines can form the basis for safe work practices that every lab can follow.

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Biosafety Levels in the Laboratory

In the United States, biosafety levels are defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They outline four biosafety levels, or BSLs, that are ranked from 1 to 4 based on the level of risk. BSL-1 precautions are used for the least hazardous biological agents and practices, while BSL-4 precautions are for the most hazardous.

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Preventing Injuries from Broken Laboratory Glassware

No matter when and where it happens, broken glassware is an inconvenience at best. But when laboratory glassware breaks, it can do a lot of harm. Injuries from broken glassware can range from a small cut to a serious health risk.

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SafetySkills Partners with the University of South Florida and American Safety Council to Offer OSHA-Authorized Training

Beginning in May, clients of SafetySkills’ Learning Management System (LMS) will have the option of choosing to add OSHA-authorized…

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Don’t Flash at Work: Why Adobe Flash is Ending

Adobe Flash, a popular web application, is on the verge of extinction. Major companies, such as Google and Apple, no longer support it, and now SafetySkills is joining them. Don’t worry – we’ll cover what it is, what it means, and what you can expect.

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