Pitt’s AlertLine

The University created its hotline (AlertLine) to allow employees to report irregular or troublesome workplace issues. Reports can be made by calling a toll-free number or via a website. For more information you can access the AlertLine brochure at the following link: http://www.universityannouncements.pitt.edu/Alertline Brochure.pdf  1-866-858-4456 or pitt.alertline.com 
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Working with Hydrofluoric acid

If you work with Hydrofluoric acid (HF) you should know the first aid steps if you are exposed, use Calcium gluconate gel. Your lab should also have access to Calcium gluconate 2.5% gel.  Researchers can also order a Calcium gluconate wash fluid from the manufacturer Calgonate or a distributor.  Please contact the Department of Chemistry and/or EH&S if you have further questions. http://www.ehs.pitt.edu/assets/docs/hydrofluoric-acid.pdf -- A follow-up medical evaluation is required after ex...
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Testing Chemicals for Hazardous Peroxides

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) recommends that all peroxide-forming chemicals should be tested every six months for peroxide content or discarded and replaced.  Since the Department of Chemistry instituted this testing program in 2008, we have had no reported accidents involving peroxide-contaminated chemicals.  Thank you for your continuing cooperation.  Further information from EH&S: http://www.ehs.pitt.edu/assets/docs/peroxide-forming.pdf. Please contact the Department of C...
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Chemical Fume Hoods

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is Responsible for the annual re-certification of chemical fume hoods. 422 fume hoods in Chevron Science Center and Eberly Hall. A 50% halfway open fume hood is 10 - 12" (28 cm.) vertically. 1 year of all unused hood sashes open 50% would cost the University just over $250,000 in wasted energy.  e left open approximately 50% for one full year?” Air Supply: Chevron Science Center has two air handling units, Each supplies 140,...
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Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations

ACS Division of Chemical Education Demo Guidelines - http://www.divched.org/content/safety-guidelines-chemical-demonstrations Chemical Demonstrations Those planning chemical demonstrations have a responsibility to follow and document safe laboratory practices. Only persons who have appropriate education and experience in chemistry and chemical safety should perform chemical demonstrations. Thus these are for use only by experienced chemical practitioners. Before the Demonstration Alwa...
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Four States of Mind that Cause Accidents 

Four States of Mind that Cause Accidents  Rushing -- working safety is the first priority, even if it means finishing the job later, Frustration -- not all situations can be managed and controlled, but employees can control their emotions JUST WALK AWAY and TAKE A BREAK, Fatigue -- employees should not work overly long hours, and TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES to get ADEQUATE REST; Complacency -- the first step to an accident involves the false belief that experience makes you invulnerable.
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Personal Protective Equipment for Eyes

Safety Glasses are Required in all Department of Chemistry Laboratories and Chemical Storage Areas.  EH&S Guideline# 03-001  Eye protection should be worn... when in any lab especially,  when working with Chemicals, Glassware, Heat, or Flying Particles. Require the Use of Appropriate Eye Protection -- Executive Summary Word Doc. Proper Eye Protection -- Executive Summary Word Doc. Safety Glasses or Goggles Impact resistant safety glasses and chemical splash safety goggles provide dif...
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