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Flammables and Explosives in the Laboratory Online Training Course

Course Overview

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Flammables and Explosives in the Laboratory is an online training course that was specifically created to help laboratory workers understand the fire hazards of a lab environment and use OSHA guidelines to avoid them. Topics covered include material safety data sheets, ventilation controls, OSHA regulations in the laboratory, chemical storage, fire extinguishers, and more.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this OSHA compliant course, the student will be able to:

  • Choose the correct PPE for specific tasks in the lab.
  • Know what to do in the event of a laboratory fire according to OSHA guidelines.
  • Work with hoods and ventilation systems properly.
  • Handle and store hazardous chemicals to avoid combustion.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • A review of the potential dangers present in any laboratory.
  • Lab Safety
    • Planning experiments carefully to ensure maximum safety.
    • How to use an MSDS with the chemicals in your experiments.
    • A review of how fires start and the chemistry behind burns.
    • General information about combustion and fires that arise from chemical spills.
    • The classifications of fires and the proper extinguishers to use for each one.
    • Information on dry chemical extinguishers.
    • Carbon Dioxide Extinguishers and their intended uses.
    • Foam Fire extinguishers.
    • They types of extinguishers used by firefighters.
    • Air-pressurized water extinguishers as the former most-used extinguisher.
    • Water-mist extinguishers and how they work.
    • What to do to treat burns in the event of a fire.
    • When to use a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.
    • Inspecting and maintaining PPE to ensure optimum performance.
    • Types of lab equipment and how to safely work with different pieces.
    • Ventilation controls and how to make sure that air is properly flowing in your work space.
    • Rules for proper chemical storage to avoid spills and other accidents.
    • Special considerations required for flammables.
    • Information on compressed gas cylinders.
    • A review of proper labeling techniques.
    • What to do in the event of a laboratory fire: evacuation routes, who to notify, and emergency equipment.
    • What to look for when you come into a new lab.

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