Laboratory SafetySEC/SECALAB-E

Who should attend?

  • This course provides an insight on how to improve day-to-day SHE performance in laboratory activities.
Audience :
  • 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.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


      • 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 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.

      • 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.

      • 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)

      • 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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Ways & Means

  • Practical work based on actual lab incidents and accidents.
  • Equipment demos (hardware, pictures, videos).