3 days SEC/SECALAB-E
- Technicians working in the control and research laboratories of refineries and chemical plants, and their first-line management. Pilot plant technicians and personnel from safety services.
- This course provides an insight on how to improve day-to-day SHE performance in laboratory activities.
- Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- evaluate risks related to day-to-day routine work and to improve their behavior,
- identify risks related to chemicals, test equipment and the industrial environment,
- select and apply the most appropriate risk prevention methods,
- enforce safety commitment at work and off-the-job.
- No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
- Practical work based on actual lab incidents and accidents.
- Equipment demos (hardware, pictures, videos).
PRODUCT HAZARDS 1.25 days
- Flammability and explosivity:
- Explosive atmosphere, flammable gases, oxidizers, flash sources.
- Fire prevention: electrical equipment standards in explosive areas, hazardous area classification, grounding, inerting.
- Fixed and portable detection equipment. Extinguisher types and uses.
- Hazardous chemical reactions:
- Compatibility between chemicals. Thermal decomposition. Precautions for storage, use and disposal.
- Hazards related to physical properties of fluids:
- Effects of pressure and vacuum. Pressure vessels. Thermal expansion. Vaporization. Freezing. Filling limits.
HEALTH HAZARDS 0.5 day
- Health hazards of chemicals: toxic, corrosive, carcinogenous, inert gases, thermal burns.
- Intoxication: main mechanisms, body penetration, metabolism, elimination routes.
- Collective and individual prevention and protection methods.
- Medical surveillance.
LAB EQUIPMENT HAZARDS 0.25 day
- Equipment acceptable operating limits: pressure, temperature, corrosion, regulatory requirements.
- Precautions during construction, installation and connection. Pressure-relief systems.
- Utility networks: check valves, flexible connections, tagging, isolation, flow control.
- Hazards related to small equipment: grassware, hand tools, rotating equipment.
- Specific lab equipment hazards: X-fluorescence, chromatography, MNR, laser particle size.
- Development lab equipment for finished product testing and applications.
LAB BUILDING DESIGN 0.75 day
- Laboratory classes depending on types of products handled. Ventilation systems. Desks and tables.
- Rooms for specific purposes: chemical warehouse, gas storage, sample retention, vacuum system, washing.
- Management of products: storage, labeling, reference sample renewal. Inventory of toxic products.
- Lab chemical waste management: segregation, recycling, disposal routes, reporting.
SAFE BEHAVIOR (key topic discussed during the whole course) 0.25 day
- Individual behavior:
- Typical hazardous behaviors observed, importance of being a role model. Individual accountability.
- Behavioral observations: focus on human behavior, communication skills, commitment and action plans.
- Risk management:
- Risk identification and evaluation in day-to-day routine operations. Routine prevention. PPE. Sensitization.
- Change management. Identification of risks related to analytical changes (equipment, chemicals, samples).
- Quality systems:
- Safety procedures (understanding and compliance). Operating instructions. Safety precautions in test methods.
- Material Safety Data Sheets: understanding, use, filing.
- Role of HSE Department and of the Safety Committee. Continuous improvement through incident feedback.