Laboratory Safety

Chemicals

How to Recognize Hazards

There are many resources available to find out how dangerous a material is and what protection is needed.

Storage

Chemicals must be segregated by hazard class to avoid a dangerous reaction.

Disposal

Never dispose of any chemical in the trash or down the drain. This includes chemicals that are mixed with biomedical waste. Some materials, such as solder and mercury-containing lamps, are also hazardous waste. To schedule a pickup of your hazardous waste you will need to do it through the HITS system.

Spills

Never proceed to clean up a spill if you do not know the hazards associated with the chemical or if you are unsure of how to clean up the spill. Contact EH&S for spill assistance at 813-974-4036.

Hurricane Safety: How to Prepare your Lab

During the summer months in Florida Hurricane Safety is something to keep in mind. The flyer to the right will provide laboratories with a pathway to safety for your equipment, security, biological and chemical hazards.