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Safe Handling of Toxic Chemicals: Perspectives of a Bench Chemist and Laboratory Manager

  • J. H. Futrell
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 26)

Abstract

In a university environment we have evolved a number of working rules for handling and analysis of toxic samples: (1) secure storage and isolation of samples during workup; (2) use of less toxic surrogate compounds for calibration and testing of analytical scheme; (3) dedicated instruments, work area and personnel; (4) limited number of competent, knowledgeable, motivated personnel doing actual analyses; (5) redundant containment, verified by wipe tests; (6) medical surveillance; (7) close supervision and, (8) careful disposal of contaminated waste. We have also found it advantageous to have a toxicologist working with the analytical team and an analyst working with the toxicologists. With close collaboration and good communication of these groups serious exposure incidents have been avoided and a safe working environment has been maintained.

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High Level Waste Absorbent Paper Safe Handling Rubber Glove Buddy System 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Futrell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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