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Laboratory Safety

Chemical Hygiene Plan Information

Lab Safety
ESSR routinely inspects fume hoods

UMD Chemical Information

  • Table of Incompatible Chemicals
  • Peroxide-Forming Chemicals
  • Container venting caps should reduce the number of waste container over-pressurization incidents.
  • The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet is a free program you can use to determine the reactivity of substances or mixtures of substances. The Worksheet incorporates a database of more than 4,000 common hazardous chemicals. The Worksheet provides a way for you to "mix" chemicals to determine dangers that may arise. Versions are available for both Macintosh and Microsoft Windows computers.
  • Particularly hazardous substances are acutely toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and reproductive toxins. Laboratories using these substances are required to have a designated storage location and written procedures specifically for these materials regarding safe use, waste handling, and spill/accident response. Here is a worksheet (courtesy of Duke University‚Äôs Occupational and Environmental Safety Office) that contains an extensive, though not comprehensive, list of these substances. This worksheet also includes common reactive chemicals which include: explosives, flammable solids, peroxide formers, oxidizers, and compounds that are reactive with air or water.

Chemical Information

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Laboratory Warning Signs

Laser Safety
All employees should be provided with information and training regarding the hazards of the lasers in their work area.