The research laboratory is probably the most unique and challenging work and study space at the university because each laboratory is slightly different, given the research and experimentation being conducted. A Chemistry lab is very different from a laboratory in civil engineering, one in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or in Neuroscience. The engineering controls are different, the materials in use are different, and therefore the procedures to keep safe also vary.
A general Laboratory Safety program has been implemented to ensure that all persons working and studying in a laboratory environment have the basic information required to keep them safe. The specific information for your research laboratory is available from your supervisor, and in some cases from your faculty Health and Safety representative.
Carleton University has recently partnered with ChemWatch, one of the largest suppliers of independently researched SDSs. It provides a full range of services to assess and control chemical risks. Access ChemWatch HERE!
Until the end of the year, we also subscribe to databases from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety for access to more than 160,000 current Material Safety Data Sheets.
For additional databases go to the Laboratory Health and Safety webpage below and remember; to access these, you must be using a Carleton University IP address.
Working in a Lab News
Monday, April 23, 2018
Are you Hiring Summer Students?
Young workers are 3 times more likely to be injured on the job than their more experienced counterparts. For this reason, the Environmental Health and Safety Office is offering an in-class training session specifically designed to meet the needs of this vulnerable population. Young Worker Orientation will combine Worker Health & Safety...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Spot a Hazard on Campus? Good Catch!
“Someone could trip over that!” “This railing is loose. I sure hope nobody leans on it…” “Lookout! You almost stepped in that pot hole. You could have sprained your ankle!” Whether you realize it or not, safety is a big part of our everyday lives and you are identifying hazards on a regular...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Attn: Supervisors, No More Form 7s!
Supervisors have a responsibility to maintain the safety and well-being of those that report to them. This includes reporting and investigating injuries and incidents as well as taking action to prevent them. Previously, supervisors were required to fill out the “Supervisor’s Injury/ Illness Reporting and Investigation Form” and then...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Call for Health & Safety Award Nominations
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office and the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) want your help to identify faculty and/or professional services staff who truly “Walk the Talk” and have a demonstrated commitment to fostering a positive safety culture at Carleton. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Carleton University Health...
Monday, May 1, 2017
Prevent sexual violence and harassment, because you CAN
You overhear your co-worker make an off-colour joke. Should you say something? To who? Maybe if you ignore them, they’ll stop... Or maybe they won't. That “joke” could be more damaging than you think. Everyone has the right to a safe work environment. Likewise, we all have a responsibility to keep our work...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Day of Mourning April 28th
The National Day of Mourning is a time to honour those workers who have lost their lives, been injured or become disabled on the job, or who suffer from occupational disease. We also recognize the impact on families and friends affected by these tragedies and their need for continued support. In honour of these workers...
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Save Your Vision
Hazards are present in every workplace that could result in eye injury or blindness. Protecting your vision is as simple as being aware of the dangers and engaging in safe work practices that minimize risks. Working in a Laboratory Laboratory goggles protect the wearer from chemical splashes, flying shards of broken glassware, and...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
NAOSH Week Events
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH), Mental Health Awareness, and Emergency Preparedness weeks will be celebrated May 7th -13th! This week presents an excellent opportunity to focus, reinforce and strengthen our commitment to these issues through increased awareness, information sharing, training, and fun! In collaboration with...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
David Hunt talks Ergonomic Injuries
Feb 28th is Repetitive Strain Injury (aka Musculoskeletal disorder) awareness day. These types of injuries are caused by repetitive movements or prolonged awkward postures. Repetitive strain injuries affect the muscles, tendons, nerves and joints of high strain areas such as the upper and lower back, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck. The best...
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Results of MOL Chemical Handling Inspection Blitz
As part of the Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) recently conducted field visits to over 630 workplaces. The aim of these visits was to ensure that workers had received appropriate training, wore the correct personal protective equipment, and were engaging in good work practices. Over the course of...
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Spot a Hazard?
If you see something that could potentially be a hazard, report it using the EHS Good Catch Report! Each and every Good Catch Report is taken seriously and every step reasonable will be taken to eliminate or reduce the hazard. Every member of the Carleton community plays an important role in making campus a safe...
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
We Need Your Help!
Environmental Health and Safety strives to create and implement programs and policies that allow the Carleton community to work and learn in a safe environment. An important part in developing these programs and policies is the input received from those working with them on a daily basis. We want to know what works, what...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
New and Improved WHMIS!
Canada has now joined many countries in adopting the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals. This means that the WHMIS that we know and love is changing, for the better! WHMIS 2015 is the term used to describe the incorporation of the GHS into...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Awareness Health and Safety Training
Background Following a Christmas Eve scaffolding incident that claimed the lives of four Toronto workers in 2009, the Ontario government appointed an Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety to conduct a review of the province's workplace health and safety system. The panel was led by Tony Dean and was comprised of health...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Improving your Workstation Lunch ‘n Learn
Feel like your computer workstation set up could be improved? Find out how to properly set yourself up at your workstation. Have a Kinesiologist walk you through the simple steps you can take to most effectively align you to your workstation. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is providing this Lunch ‘n’ Learn on Nov....
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Reporting Workplace Injuries
Sometimes, despite effective prevention programs, things go wrong, and someone is injured on campus (or while working-off campus). Does this need to be reported? ABSOLUTELY! All workplace injuries and illnesses must be reported immediately to the workplace supervisor. The Department of University Safety (ext. 4444) will assist with obtaining...
Friday, March 22, 2013
MSDS – Internet Resources
March 22, 2013 Please see the new Carleton University Material Safety Data Sheets - Internet Resources page at the following URL....