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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

URI offers new laboratory safety course
Open to the public at no charge

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 22, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island is offering a new laboratory safety course this semester that is open to anyone working in a laboratory, studio, or facility where chemicals of any kind are involved. There is no charge.

The course provides an overview of prudent laboratory practices and consists of seminar-style lectures given by practicing experts from industry, academia, and government. No prerequisites are required to attend.

"The University of Rhode Island is opening this course to the public because we feel the seminars offer important and valuable information on safety issues that affect a variety of professions, including chemists, nurses, laboratory technicians, artists, researchers, and others," says Dr. Raymond Panzica, chair of URI's Chemistry Department. "People should feel free to drop in on any seminar that interests them."

The seminars are held Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 234, on the Kingston campus. The course, which is also being given for both graduate and undergraduate credit, began September 6. The following is the remaining seminar schedule:

September 27

Principles of Ventilation -- Mystic Air Quality Consultants.

Indoor air quality laboratory fume hoods. local ventilation

October 4

Principles of Industrial Hygiene ­Stefan Wawzyniecki, Uconn.

Monitoring of airborne chemicals, chemical exposure limits, chemical routes of entry into the human body, ergonomics, engineering controls

October 11

Compressed Gas Cylinders including cryogenics ­ Med-Tech Gases, Inc.

How to safely handle and move gas cylinders, laboratory gas regulators (including various CGA designations), proper line connections, gas cylinder storage, internal and external gas cylinder construction for various common laboratory gases.

October 18

Laboratory Spill Prevention and Mitigation (when and how to clean up and when to call for help) ­ Catherine Cull, Pfizer, Inc.

What type and size of a laboratory spill can be cleaned up safely, When and how to call for help, Types and compatibility of spill cleanup products, Factors to consider when planning for spill emergencies and during actual emergencies.

October 25

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, hazardous waste, waste minimization ­ Mike Rottas, Pfizer, Inc

November 1

Clean Water Regulations -- Peter Bates, South Kingstown Wastewater Treatment Facility and Taylor Ellis, Narragansett Bay Commission.

Includes why chemicals should not be disposed of "down the sink," the general operation of a wastewater treatment plant, the effects of certain chemicals on the plant and effluent compliance including environmental effects.

November 8

Ionizing Radiation (sealed sources, nuclides and x-ray machines) Hank Bicehouse, URI Radiation Safety Officer and assistant director for Radiation and Reactor Safety.

November 15

Safe Usage of Lasers ­ Hank Bicehouse, URI Radiation Safety Officer and assistant director for Radiation and Reactor Safety.

November 22

Biological and Animal Hazards - Dr. Jay Sperry, URI microbiologist Toxicology, epidemology and the safe design of experiments using infectious agents (BLS 1-4).

November 29

Blood Borne Pathogens - Doris Sword, supervisor of URI Nursing Facilities, Health Services Safety and the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Regulation.

December 6

Electrical Safety ­ Tim Wasco, URI Chemistry Department.

Electrical systems, proper grounding technique, safety devices, "lock out tag out" procedures, standard power wiring of instruments, EMF , EMC.

December 13

Fire Safety ­ Don Deshaies, URI Safety & Risk Management Department Extinguishers, fire prevention, emergency medical.

For Information: Dr. Raymond Panzica, 401-874-5026,
Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116



 

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