Laboratory Safety Seminar Open to Faculty, Staff and Students

The free event will cover many situations that have been found in real-life settings.

William Breazeale, who has been active with the American Chemical Society for more than 40 years, will conduct the seminars.

William Breazeale, who has been active with the American Chemical Society for more than 40 years, will conduct the seminars.

A half-day laboratory safety seminar open to all Texas Tech University faculty, staff and students is set for Sept. 9 in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. The seminar is free and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and repeated from 1-5 p.m.

The seminar, “Taking Ownership of Your Laboratory,” will cover a number of safety situations that have been found in real laboratories. Numerous photographs of laboratory settings will be used to illustrate good and bad laboratory practices.

“The seminar will provide valuable information to anyone who has any connection to a laboratory, 3-D art facility or other academic setting where chemicals are present,” said Alice Young, associate vice president for research integrity. “Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Whether you are in a chemistry lab setting or a printmaking class, you should take this seminar.”

To register, call Environmental Health and Safety at (806) 742-3876 and ask to register for either the morning or afternoon session of “Taking Ownership of Your Laboratory.”

The seminar topics include:

  • Laboratory accidents
  • Eye and face protection
  • Handling Chemicals
  • Chemical Storage
  • Labeling
  • Biosafety

A laboratory safety seminar for deans, department heads and other administrators is set for Sept. 8. Administrators play a critical role in the implementation of effective institution-wide environmental health and safety programs, said Young. This seminar will focus on liability, regulatory compliance, planning for emergencies and effective safety program.

William Breazeale will conduct the seminars. He has been active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) for more than 40 years, serving for nine years as a member of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety including three years as chair. 

Currently, Breazeale serves as a consultant to the Committee on Chemical Safety.  He also has held offices in the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety including that of chair.  Other activities at the national level have included appointments to the Committee on the Economic Status of Chemists, the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, and membership for more than ten years on the National Chemistry Week Task Force serving as chair of the task force from 2000-2003.  He currently is a member of the elected Council Committee on Committees, the ACS Speaker Service, and the Board of Trustees for Member Insurance Plans for ACS Members.  At the local level in the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, he has held several offices in the Section including chair and currently serves the Section as Councilor.

The seminar hours count for the Responsible Care in Research requirement, but Randy Nix, director of Environmental Health and Safety, says there are many more people on campus who will benefit from the information.

“There are many people impacted by the presence of a lab or other facility in a building,” he said. “Certainly the researcher, teaching or lab assistants and students, but anyone working or taking classes in a building containing labs are affected as well. Most everyone on campus could benefit from the information in this seminar.”

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