HSE in LaboratoryHSE/SAFELABGB

Who should attend?

  • This course aims to improve awareness regarding risks in laboratories and pilot plants and develop the right skills to mitigate those risks.
Audience :
  • Technicians with responsibilities in various laboratories (control, R&D, application), pilot plant technicians, security guards.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content

  • RISKS RELATED TO PRODUCTS

      • Flammability:
      • Explosive atmospheres: flammable gases, oxidizers, ignition sources.
      • Prevention against ignition hazards: electrical equipment suitable for classified areas, grounding, venting, inerting.
      • Gas Detection equipment.
      • Dangerous chemical reactions:
      • Incompatibility between products, decomposition and thermal runaway, precautions during storage, use and disposal.
      • Hazards associated to fluid behavior:
      • Pressurized equipment, thermal expansion, vaporization, vacuum risks, icing.
  • HAZARDS TO HUMANS

      • Chemical risks:
      • Hazard Identification: harmful, toxic, corrosive, carcinogenic, teratogenic, inert gas, thermal contacts.
      • Main forms of intoxication, routes of ingress and metabolism.
      • Prevention, collective and individual protection.
      • Radiation risks:
      • Non-ionizing and ionizing radiation: units, health effects. Precautions for the use of laboratory analysis equipment.
      • Electrical hazards:
      • Effects and severity of electrical contacts. Actions to be taken in case of accident. Electrical isolations.
      • Hearing risks:
      • Area of audibility, thresholds of pain sensation, effects and dangers of noise on the body.
      • Measuring the level of exposure, individual and collective protection.
  • EQUIPMENT HAZARDS

      • Equipment operating limits: pressure, temperature, corrosion, regulations. Precautions during installation and use.
      • Protective equipment of pressure vessels.
      • Utilities network: check valves, hoses, identification, isolation, flow restrictor.
      • Small equipment: glassware, hand and mechanical tools.
      • Materials for X-ray inspection, chromatography, NMR, grain size, laser…
  • DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT OF LABORATORIES - PRODUCTS MANAGEMENT

      • Laboratory: classification, ventilation, bench, fume…
      • Specific areas: warehouse, gas bottles storage, chiller, vacuum unit, sink.
      • Product management: storage, labeling, tags, products notebook, expired products.
      • Segregation and disposal of waste: recycling, neutralization, sewers, landfills…
  • HUMAN FACTORS

      • Behavior in the business: risk behavior, exemplarity.
      • Prevention of unsafe acts: observation techniques, communication, reaction to unsafe acts.
      • Risk awareness: risk prevention, risks associated with laboratory work.
  • HEALTH & SAFETY AWARENESS

      • Personal hygiene. Medical fitness.
      • Personal responsibility.
      • Analysis and compliance of procedures. Individual behavior.
      • Available tools:
      • Procedures. Analysis tasks. Procedures. SDS.
      • Documentation database. HSE department. Health & Safety Commitee. Audits.
      • Newsletter, reporting of accidents…

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • assess the risks linked to products, testing material and industrial environment,
  • mitigate risks in laboratory activities by adopting appropriate prevention policies.