- The fume hood is a work station, not a storage cupboard. If it is cluttered, the hood will not ventilate fumes adequately.
- Use the fume hood for all CMR chemicals and solvents, and anything that produces a noticeable odour or is dangerous by inhalation. This includes: phenol, chloroform, isoamyl alcohol, TEMED, DMSO, beta-mercaptoethanol, SDS powder, acryl amid power, formaldehyde and formamide. Read SDS working instructions and use personal protective equipment.
- The velocity of the air flow in the opening will remain sufficient as long as the opening is kept less than 40 cm high (below the green arrows).
- The sash opening should be kept to a minimum to ensure safety and conserve energy in the building.
- Fume hood monitors indicate if the airflow is too low to allow the hood to be used for safe and proper handling of chemicals.
- See detailed information found under Sars HMS webpage Chemicals/Safety Equipment
- Sars Centre's research involves use of Genetically Modified Organisms and Microorganisms (GMO/GMM) classified as Risk Category II. This means that the use of lab coats is compulsory in our labs. See chapter 7 for more information.
- Wear a lab coat at all times when working in the labs. This will help protect you from chemical spills, sharps, and biological waste spills.
- Never wear lab coats in offices, the lunchroom, administrative areas, or bathroom facilities.
- Use cotton lab coats instead of synthetic materials.
- Leave dirty lab coats, clearly labelled with group number, in the assigned box in the washroom for cleaning. Collection is twice a month; pick up dates are noted on the sign above the box.
- Disposable gloves are not protective gloves, and at best provide splash protection only. Note that all gloves are not equally resistant to all chemicals - use the best gloves for the chemical being handled. See chapter 5 and Annex 3 for further details.
- If you spill something on your gloves, remove them immediately, wash your hands, and take a new pair.
- Remove gloves and wash your hands before you leave the laboratory.
- Remove gloves before entering offices, the lunchroom, administrative areas or bathroom facilities. Do not touch door handles, telephones, computers, keyboards, or printers etc. while wearing gloves!
- Insulating gloves are necessary to prevent cold burns when handling liquid nitrogen and dry ice. Common use gloves can be found near the -80° freezers and liquid nitrogen storage tanks
- See detailed information found under Sars HMS webpage Chemicals/Protective Gear
Other Protective Equipment
- Protective equipment, such as eye goggles and face shields, is necessary when handling liquid nitrogen and UV radiation, also sometimes with dry ice. Ear protecting headphones may be needed with sonicators and high decibel producing equipment. Ensure that you are aware of when you must use this additional equipment.
Personal Alarms - NOKAS Alarm System
- Employees working at the Sars Centre outside regular work hours (evenings, over-nights, weekends, national holidays) must wear a NOKAS personal alarm device to ensure their safety in case of accident or threat.
- Before working alone outside regular work hours, you should consider whether this is absolutely necessary. If you must work outside regular hours, make sure that someone knows where you are and at what time you expect to finish. See Annex 4 for detailed instructions for the NOKAS alarm system.