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OSU-CHS Laboratory Safety - Laboratory Safety DVDs

Laboratory Safety DVDs

(with Courtesy and Permission of Howard Hughes Medical Center)

This video series provides guidance and instruction on how to control hazards associated with protocols and practices used in the modern laboratory.  The information will introduce new staff to good laboratory practices and provide a meaningful technical review in safety for the more experienced laboratory personnel.

All videos are in Windows Media (WMV) format.

PRACTICING SAFE SCIENCE30 minutes

EMERGENCY RESPONSE: 12 minutes

“You can make sure that everyone in the lab is conscious of those possibilities which are foreseeable.  And, in a more general sense, make everyone conscious that they are their brother’s keeper. …Pay attention to your neighbors.  If they’re doing something that is unwise, let them know.  Keep the corner of your eye open to what’s going on – new students, new post docs – what they’re up to.  Their health is your health and vice versa.”
Michael M. Roasbash, Ph.D.
Investigator, HHMI

CHEMICAL HAZARDS: 10 minutes

“People who start in the lab have the tendency of being extremely concerned with radioactivity.  Phenol and acids they are not too concerned about because you know exarly what happens if you pour acid on your hand.  I tend to think that these are actually much more dangerous for the kind of research that we do where we use low levels of radioactivity most of the time.  These [phenol, acids] are the accidents one should really watch for.”
Nouria Hernandez, Ph.D.
Associate Investigator, HHMI

CHEMICAL STORAGE HAZARDS: 11 minutes

Can you correctly complete the following statement?

Hot concentrated nitric acid can explode when mixed with:

  • Acetic acid
  • Ethanol
  • Acetone
  • Sulfuric acid

GLASSWARE WASHING HAZARDS: 10 minutes

“In terms of good science, it [glassware washing] is very important because there have been instances in my experience where experiments didn’t work because glassware wasn’t washed properly.  If you carry through a solvent or an agent or a chemical from one experiment to the next, your expectations might be a little high if you think that it’s going to work.”
Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Investigator, HHMI

CENTRIFUGATION HAZARDS: 9 minutes
Centrifugation requires a series of choices critical to safety.

  • Which centrifuge?
  • Which rotor?
  • Which tubes and adapters?
  • What speed and for how long?
  • What level of containment?
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