the online submission of the First Report of Injury (FROI) form for reporting injuries; this facilitates compliance reporting as well as follow-up evaluations and corrective actions to prevent future incidents. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Working with or transferring toxic chemicals in reaction flasks, separatory funnels, etc. If needed, the vacuum trap valve should be opened to dissipate cryotrapped oxygen (light blue color). Use cold water if warm water is not available. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Broken glass penetrates the skin and causes lacerations just like sharp, needles, and razors. Dip the end of Tygon tubing into a solvent such as acetone and gently insert onto glass stems. Vacuum glassware with volumes of one or more liters should be wrapped with friction tape, electrical tape, or a plastic mesh cage to restrain fragments in the event of an implosion. Hundreds of posters illustrating how dangerous broken glass can be are to be put up all over Bracknell during the next few weeks. (Vacuum apparatus). Wear slip-resistant or cut-resistant gloves when handling glass to prevent cuts, abrasions, and skin puncture. The most likely person to be injured from mishandling of glassware is the user. Wear a face shield or safety goggles as appropriate for the specific experiment. Touch Screen Malfunction. autoclaves, automated dishwashers, microtome tissue slicers, etc.). Wear safety glasses with side shield for transporting glassware outside the lab. A tetanus shot is strongly encouraged for laboratory researchers who handle glassware activities such as cleaning and removal of glassware from hot ovens or autoclaves, etc. If you have broken glasses at home, we recommend that you immediately fix it by calling a professional service. Safety Control Recommendations for Risk Reduction, Injury from imploding glass or flying glass. Wear cut-resistant gloves and safety glasses with side shields. For distillation or reflux experiments with air/moisture sensitive reagents, thermometers with a ‘ground-glass joint’ is highly recommended. The new scheme has come about thanks to a partnership between community safety officers, schools, Bracknell Forest’s licensing staff, neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and the police. Additional Safe Handling Information for Specific Activities Involving Glassware. Exposure to chemicals and glassware injuries while preparing or using the Schlenk line can be minimized by setting up Schlenk lines in a fume hood and proper planning, including performing a hazard evaluation prior to work. Why is broken glass dangerous? All lab staff using glassware and other sharps should receive training in safe handling and disposal of sharps. Implosion can occur due to the use of a high vacuum and flaws in glass apparatus. “It is open spaces were kids congregate and they leave broken bottles lying about. All glassware should be inspected prior to autoclaving. It's the most important part of the Sunday dinner, after all! The OSHA fact sheet publication on Autoclaves and Sterilizers describes the DO’s and DON’Ts while working with autoclaves and Sterilizers. You could get cut or worse. If broken glass is discovered, the autoclave should be left to cool completely before cleaning broken glass debris. Everett Bentley, crime reduction advisor for Bracknell Forest, said: “There is an ongoing problem with broken glass in the town’s parks and children’s playgrounds. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Let’s start with the basics. Wrap glass desiccators with friction or electrical tape in a grid pattern, leaving the contents visible; this will guard against flying glass in case of implosion. Researchers should be individually trained in Schlenk line manipulation under the direct supervision of the principal investigator or an experienced senior researcher. As part of the initiative, schools liaison officers PC Phil Bissell and PC Jan Collins will be visiting primary and secondary schools to talk to pupils about the impact of anti-social behaviour, including the dangers of smashing glass bottles in public open spaces. awareness of personal protective measures, including the use of slip-resistant and cut-resistant gloves while handling glassware; safe disposal of both broken and unbroken glassware, pipettes and vials, etc., in sharps container to prevent injury to those handling waste containers; and.