Working with Flammables and Reactives in the Laboratory

Course Description:

Today we are going to talk about lab safety as it relates to the safe handling of flammables and reactives in the lab. Workplace fires and explosions are not only common-but also deadly. By virtue of the type of work conducted in laboratories-including working with hazardous chemicals, mixing chemicals, high heat, and intense pressure-the risk of fire or explosion can be high. It is essential that each of you know how to identify these hazards, how to properly handle flammable, reactive, and combustible materials to avoid fire and explosions, and how to respond should one occur.
Course Duration: 30 minutes

Why “Working with Flammables and Reactives in the Laboratory” Matters:

At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify flammable and reactive hazards in the laboratory
  • Recall safe handling and storage requirements for flammable and reactive chemicals
  • List emergency response measures, safety equipment, and evacuation procedures

Key Points:

The key points from this course include:

  • Most chemicals in the lab are flammable and/or reactive. Follow labels, but when in doubt, assume flammability.
  • Always store and handle flammables and reactives according to guidelines.
  • Common sense and good housekeeping can avoid triggers for fires and explosions. A clean, organized lab goes a long way toward reducing hazards.
  • Quick response and knowledge of procedures are critical in an emergency. Know your lab and the chemicals being used there. Test yourself on knowing what the signs and labels mean. Practice on emergency equipment and participate in drills.
  • No Smoking! This is the number one rule to follow around flammables and reactives.

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