Emergency Information

Emergency Numbers

 
Fire  Police  Ambulance 911
Hazardous Material Response 911
Patrol (Parking and Security) 604-822-2222
Poison Control Centre 604-682-5050
Police RCMP 604-224-1322
Ambulance 604-872-5151
Trouble Calls -- after hours emergencies only 604-822-2173
UBC Hospital Urgent Care 604-822-7662

Consult the Safety Manual for emergency procedures.
Anthrax- specific information.

Non-Emergency Numbers

First Aid 604-822-4444
Trouble Calls (Zoology admin office) 604-822-3384
Ambulance (administration) 604-660-6897
Campus Fire Department 604-665-6010
Risk Management Services 604-822-2029
Rape Crisis Centre -- W.A.V.A.W. 604-255-6344
Student Health Services (08:00 - 16:00 Weekdays) 604-822-7011
UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre 604-827-5180

BC Health, Safety and Environment Contacts

UBC Risk Management Services 604-822-2029
Biosafety Bruce Anderson 604-822-7596
Chemical Recovery/Recycling Bang Dang 604-822-1285
Chemical Safety/WHMIS Noga Levit 604-822-9280
Chemical Waste Processing Valeriy Kichenko 604-822-6306
Occupational Hygiene Officer Sonny Dhasi 604-822-6098
Radiation Safety Officer Ted Sedgwick 604-822-7052
Asbestos Identification or Removal Guy Champagne 604-822-8772
Diving Safety Officer Sherry Ferguson 604-822-0864
Hazardous Waste Pick-up Satish Maharaj 604-822-1281
Hazardous Waste Tracking Wegland Sit 604-822-5389
Biohazardous Waste Wegland Sit 604-822-5389

Zoology Safety Committee

Please contact any member of the Safety Committee if you have any safety questions or concerns:

Patrick Tamkee 604-822-3377
Katie Pikor 604-822-3384
Mary O'Connor 604-827-5653
Katie Beall 604-822-0862
Phil Matthews 604-827-2773
Bruce Gillespie 604-822-3387
Edythe Grant 604-822-6973
Stephanie Blain
Lilia Espenido 604-822-2131
Victor Chan

Emergency Procedures


EMERGENCIES

Call Emergency Number: 911. Specify whether you need Fire, Police or Ambulance. Have the following information available: building name, building address, room number. Arrange to have someone meet the attendant at a designated entrance. If hazardous materials are involved, have a copy of the MSDS available for the medical personnel.

If the emergency involves an unconscious/injured person: Ensure there is no danger to yourself or victim. Do not move victim unless their life is endangered. Remain with victim until help arrives.

Inform Supervisor or Department Head (including damage to property).


FIRE / EXPLOSION

Pull FIRE ALARM. (Do not pull Fire Alarm in case of Bomb Threat or Gas Leak.)

If possible, control fire with extinguisher. If the fire cannot be controlled, isolate by closing the doors. Do not lock the doors.

Call 2-4567 to confirm that alarm was received at the Fire Hall. (Inform your Supervisor or Department Head if possible.)

Leave by the nearest safe exit. Walk, don't run. Do not use the elevator. Shut doors behind you.

Wait for the Fire Department outside of the main entrance of the building. (The main entrance to the Biosciences Building is at the corner of University Boulevard and the Main Mall.)

Assist in evacuation of building if requested to do so by fire Department or Floor Wardens. All others should move well away from the building exits.

Do not reenter building until the Fire Department gives permission.

 

CHEMICAL / RADIATION / BIOHAZARD EMERGENCIES

Close the door behind the spill and/or fire.

Call Hazardous Materials Response (Campus Fire Dept.).: 2-4567. Be prepared to give the following information: type of chemical or hazard, amount spilled, exact location of the spill (room number, building). Do not hang up until the operator releases you.

Call the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment: 2-2029.

Inform Supervisor or Department Head.

Try to have MSDS on hand for Emergency personnel.

 

FIRST AID

Call 822-4444 for treatment of all injuries or transport to hospital. This will summon Level 2 First Aid Attendants from the UBC Fire Hall. Have your building name and address available and arrange for someone to meet the attendant at a designated entrance. If hazardous materials are involved, have a copy of the MSDS available for the medical personnel. For additional assistance on the spot call Local First Aid Attendants: Don Brandys 822-6750 BioSciences Room 1365A or Kathy Gorkoff 822-6973 BioSciences Room 2362

Notify supervisor (or Department) immediately.

Report injury to one of the Local First Aid Attendants (see above) as soon as possible for completion of Departmental Treatment Record Sheet entry. If an employee visits a doctor or takes time off from work due to a work related injury, the University must send a Form 7 to the WCB within 3 days. Supervisors are to send the completed Form 7 to the Health, Safety and Environment Department when the injury is reported. Obtain blank forms from, the Zoology Finance Office (822-4265) or the Local First Aid Attendants (see above).

NOTES:

  • Nurses at Student Health Services (University Hospital) are available for First Aid for Faculty and Staff during the following hours: Mon. Tues. Wed. & Friday 07:45 - 17:00 Thursday 08:45 - 17:00 Summer 08:00 - 16:00
  • Use a Zoology Basic First Aid Kit (found in most Departmental labs/workplaces and vehicles) with caution and only after calling 822-4444 in case of injury (see Step 1 above). Additional First Aid supplies are available in Stores. Each Kit should contain a copy of the "In Case of Injury On Campus Call 2-4444, etc." information sheet.
  • Be sure to perform above reporting procedures (Steps 2-3 above) for all injuries.

BOMB THREATS

  1. Remain calm, listen carefully to what the caller is saying and write it down. Keep the caller talking and obtain the following information: Where is the bomb? When will it explode? What does it look like? What kind of bomb is it? What will cause it to explode? Did you place the bomb? Why? What is your name? Where are you calling from?
  2. Record details such as time of call, whether caller was male or female, any distinctive voice characteristic (accent, manner, speech, whether voice was familiar), whether there were background noises or reference to local issues.
  3. When caller hangs up:
  • Call RCMP: 224-1322
  • Call Patrol/Parking and Security: 2-2222
  • Be prepared to give your name, phone number and exact location with details of the threat.
  • Do not hang up until you are released by the authority talking to you.
  • Inform you Supervisor.
  • Stay where you are and ask your Department Head to meet with Police and security when they arrive.
  • If you are in a multi-department building try to have other Department Heads or a delegate join you to meet with Police and Security.
  • Do not spread word of the threat as this should be handled by the authorities.

The security Manager, in consultation with the RCMP and Building/Department Head(s), will give the order to evacuate the building if necessary.


EARTHQUAKES

If you are inside a building:

  • Stay inside.
  • Watch out for falling plaster, light fixtures, glass, bookcases, etc.
  • Stay away from windows and mirrors.
  • Take cover under a heavy desk or table, brace yourself in a doorway or crouch in an interior hall or corner.

If you are outside a building:

  • Move to open space away from building.


After the Quake:

  • Administer First Aid to injured persons.
  • Extinguish open flames and terminate hazardous work procedures.
  • When all motion has stopped, evacuate the building carefully.
  • Do not use the telephone except to report an emergency.
  • Do not use plumbing or anything electrical (including elevators, lights) until after the utility and electrical lines have been checked.
  • Do not use matches or lighters. Watch for fires that may have started.
  • Keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Be alert for aftershocks.


HARASSING PHONE CALLS

Call RCMP: 224-1322. The RCMP will notify BC Tel if required.


SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Call advisors at 822-6353.


FIRE PREVENTION

  • For more information about Fire Prevention and Safety call the UBC Fire Hall Non-Emergency Number (2-8282). Be sure to state that you are calling from UBC.
  • For information about BioSciences Building Evacuation Procedures, call Pat Harrison, Botany Administrative Assistant (2-4882).
  • Be familiar with the location of fire alarms, fire exits, fire extinguishers.
  • A fire extinguisher should be easily accessible within each lab or workplace (or nearby in the hall) and in each Departmental vehicle. Each Fire Extinguisher should have an inspection tag and which should indicate that the extinguisher has been inspected within the past year.
  • To find out more about the different types of fire extinguishers and their uses contact the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment (2-2029) or the UBC Fire Department at their Non-Emergency Number (2-8282).
  • Call the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment (2-2029) to enroll in the Chemical Safety Long Course (with practical session). The practical session is supervised by the UBC Fire Department and will allow you to gain some hands-on experience of hazardous materials clean-up and fire extinguisher use.

BIOSCIENCES BUILDING EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLANNING

For information about the organization of the BioSciences Building Evacuation Procedures, Area Supervisors and Floor Wardens, call Edythe Grant, Zoology (604-822-6973).

A full copy of the Building Emergency Response Plan can be found here.


PREVENT SUCKBACK CONTAMINATION OF THE WATER SUPPLY

Please ensure that taps are not capable of suck-back by making sure the end of any hose or tubing attached to a tap is not resting in a pool of liquid or where a pool is likely to form. Failure to do so might cause suck-back if the system water pressure drops and the building water supply (including drinking water) might become contaminated with toxins from the lab.

 

SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Reciprocal Safety Inspections will be performed by representatives appointed by the Lab/Workplace Supervisors according to the following schedule. Inspection sheets with instructions will be circulated to Lab/Workplace Supervisors just prior to the month due.


Content of Inspection (approximate time needed)

Month Due

Snapshot (25 min.) + Chemical Storage (20 min.)

January

Snapshot (25 min.) + Fixtures (15 min.)

May

Snapshot (25 min.) + Radioisotopes (10 min.)

September


The Department of Zoology Safety Committee will be responsible for any follow-ups to these Reciprocal Safety Inspections and for inspecting Departmental common areas.

 

SAFETY POSTINGS AND SUPPLIES

For more information about general Laboratory/Shop Safety call the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment (2-2029) or contact a member of the Zoology Safety Committee.


EMERGENCY POSTINGS

Post the "No Eating, Drinking or Smoking" sign in each laboratory.


Mount the UBC Emergency Numbers yellow sticker and UBC Emergency Information poster near the phone(s) or the room entrance(s) and ensure that they are visible.


PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

For more information call the UBC Occupational Hygiene Officer, David Bell, HS&E (2-2643).

Please ensure that the following kinds of Personal Protective Equipment are available, in good condition and properly used in each lab or workplace where appropriate:

  • lab coats gloves safety glasses or goggles
  • Do not hang coats and goggles on top of fire extinguishers and gas cylinders.
  • An emergency eye wash station must be available and working in each major lab or workplace.
  • Use Respirators according to guidelines of the UBC Respirator Program or not at all. Contact the following people at HS&E for more information: David Bell, HS&E (2-2643) or Donna Ashick, HSE (2-5909).


SPECIAL RECEPTACLES FOR HAZARDOUS WASTES

For more detailed procedures see Hazardous Waste Disposal Summary -- BioSciences Building (section below).

  • Collect glass waste in a special plastic-lined "Glass Only" waste container which you can sign out from Stores. Do not put sharps, needles and blades in the "Glass Only" container.
  • Collect sharps, needles and blades in a special container such as the ones sold in Stores.
  • Keep the lids of all Solvent Red Waste or Recovery Cans fastened tightly when partly or completely full to prevent fumes from escaping into your Lab or Workplace (see Hazardous Waste Summary -- BioSciences Building for more details).


FIRST AID KITS

The Zoology Basic First Aid Kit is found in most Departmental labs/workplaces and vehicles. It is to be used with caution and only after following the instructions under the section EMERGENCY FIRST AID (see above). Each Kit should contain a copy of the "EMERGENCY FIRST AID ... Call 2-4444 ..." instruction sheet.


The Zoology Basic First Aid Kit is intended for the Lab and other Workplaces on Campus and Departmental Vehicles. Please take a larger kit if you are doing field work.


Contents of Zoology Basic First Aid Kit

  • Replacement First Aid supplies are available in Stores.
  • 10 wound cleansing towelettes, treated with Benzalkonium chloride, individually packaged
  • 50 sterile adhesive dressings (Band Aids or similar products), regular size only or assorted sizes
  • 4 10 cm x 10 cm sterile gauze dressings, individually packaged or in pairs
  • 1 10 cm x 16.5 cm sterile pressure dressing with crepe ties
  • 1 20 cm x 25 cm sterile abdominal dressing, individually packaged
  • 1 cotton triangular bandage, minimum length of base 1.25 m, with 2 safety pins
  • 1 14 cm stainless steel bandage scissors (or dissecting scissors such as Zoology/Botany Stores item # 2885)
  • 1 11.5 cm stainless steel sliver forceps (or dissecting grade forceps such as Stores item # 2847)
  • 6 cotton tip applicators (not wooden stick type if brittle)
  • 1 2.5 cm (or 1.25 cm) x 4.5 m adhesive tape
  • 1 7.5 cm x 4.5 m crepe roller bandage
  • 2 pairs of latex or waterproof gloves kept in a clear plastic bag inside or beside kit
  • 1 pocket mask with a one-way valve (only have one in your kit if at least one person is trained in its use)

Adapted from Occupational First Aid Regulations, WCB of BC, 1994 with the assistance of UBC Health, Safety & Environment and the UBC Fire Hall.

 

LABORATORY AND SHOP HOUSEKEEPING

For more information about general Laboratory/Shop Safety contact the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment (2-2029) or a member of the Zoology Safety Committee.

  • Prevent tripping hazards from occurring.
  • Do not allow food in the lab or shops. Do not keep food in the fridge(s).
  • Keep benchtops and sinks reasonably clear and passageways clear.
  • Keep exits clear and doors unlocked.
  • Make sure that electrical cords are not frayed or cracked. Do not use make-shift wiring.


FUME HOODS

For more information about Fume Hood Safety call the UBC Occupational Hygiene Officer, David Bell, HS&E (2-2643).

Please ensure that the Fume Hood sash height is kept at or below the minimum level. This level should be marked either by: red arrows if carcinogens or radioisotopes are used in the hood, or blue arrows for general hood usage.

 

LAMINAR FLOW HOODS

For more information or to have your Laminar Flow Hood checked please call the UBC Biosafety Officer (HS&E), Bruce Andersen (2-7596).

  • Each Laminar Flow Hood must be checked out and certified with an orange sticker annually. There is a fee charged for this service.

HAZARDS ARISING FROM EQUIPMENT

ASBESTOS-CONTAINING EQUIPMENT AND FIXTURES

For Asbestos removal or identification call Nairn Hay, UBC Asbestos Group, HS&E (2-8771).

  • Do not keep friable (easily crumbled or reduced to powder) asbestos (including gloves) in the lab or workplace. Do not dispose of Asbestos yourself. Call the Asbestos Group (2-8771).
  • Asbestos-containing lab implements such as gloves and gauzes are still found in many labs. Such items, if suspected of containing Asbestos, should be taken out of use before they start breaking down and wrapped in plastic until they can be inspected/removed by someone from the Asbestos Group.
  • Many structural elements of the BioSciences Building including some fume hood linings also contain asbestos. If any lab or workplace implement or structural element is starting to break down and looks like it might contain Asbestos, call the Asbestos Group for inspection/removal.

COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS

For more information call the UBC Chemical Safety Officer (HS&E), Donna Ashick, (2-5909).

  • In transport of a compressed gas cylinder from Stores to the lab or shop, always have the protective valve cover screwed into place and use a stable dolly designed for cylinders.
  • Compressed gas cylinders must be well secured by chain or belt to a fixed structure in the lab or shop. Always wear protective eye coverings such as goggles when using compressed gas. Always have the protective valve covering screwed into place when the regulator is not connected for use, especially in transport.

For information about Transportation of Dangerous Goods call Donna Ashick, HS&E (2-5909). At present there is no one in the BioSciences Building to provide this service.

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

  • It is essential that no unauthorized wiring be carried out. If you require an electrical supply alteration, please contact the Senior Administrative Assistant if the problem is related to electrical fixtures/supply installed as part of the building. Such alterations must be carried out by Plant Operations. Alternatively, if the wiring problem is related to a piece of research apparatus, please contact Mr. Don Brandys in the Electronics Workshop (2-6750).
  • You should check that electrical outlets are not overloaded. Also check that equipment is properly grounded, especially in "wet" areas.
  • If you construct your own electrical research apparatus, or make your own repairs, you should have the equipment checked for safety by Mr. Don Brandys (2-6750) before putting the equipment into use.


MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT

All machinery and equipment must have guards which provide adequate protection against contact with the moving parts, or which prevent access to the danger areas during operation.


EVACUATED OR PRESSURIZED EQUIPMENT

  • Check that rotary pumps, mercury pumps or those which pump sufficient gas to produce oil mist, are not vented into the building.
  • Check that pulley belts are properly guarded.
  • Check that equipment containing mercury (especially pumps, gauges, etc., not in use) is sealed off from the lab whenever possible.
  • Check that mercury gauges and diffusion pumps are fitted with receptacles to collect spills in the event of damage to equipment.
  • Check that Evacuated or pressurized vessels are suitably shielded to protect personnel from explosions (or implosions).
  • Check that users of gas traps have acquainted themselves with the possible hazards.


NOTE: VACUUM SYSTEM HAZARD

Oxygen from the atmosphere will readily collect in a vessel at liquid Nitrogen temperatures. A dangerous situation in vacuum systems occurs when the system is open to the atmosphere while liquid Nitrogen is still surrounding a trap. Oxygen collects in the trap. If the system is then closed, and the nitrogen is either removed, or allowed to evaporate away naturally, the liquid oxygen in the trap evaporates, and fills the system with oxygen gas at a possible high pressure. This can result in the explosion of the system, the blowing out of stop cocks, or the explosion of the backing pump if this oxygen is pumped through the oil on the resumption of operations.

Somewhat the same situation has occurred during the use of other gases which will condense at liquid Nitrogen temperatures, such as argon, methane, etc.; pumping oxygen through conventional pump oils can result in a violent explosion. Special pump oil is available for this process.

In transferring liquid nitrogen through copper pipes, oxygen may condense on the 50-litre storage dewars for liquid Nitrogen, accumulate appreciable oxygen in a few days; dewars being moved around the building should be chained to the hoist to prevent breakage.


CRYOGENIC LIQUIDS

  • Check that dewar systems are protected by safety pressure releases.
  • Check that glass dewars are screened as far as possible to reduce risk of mechanical damage, and to protect against the hazards of implosion or explosion.
  • Check that a pair of thermally insulated gloves and safety goggles are available when cryogenic liquids are being transferred.
  • Check that users of cryogenic liquids have familiarized themselves with the information given on evacuated and pressurized equipment.


TRIPPING AND SLIPPING HAZARDS

Wires and water hoses must not be laid across the floor in places where they are likely to cause someone to trip or pull the cable or hose out of place.


CHEMICAL SAFETY PART 1 -- WHMIS

WHMIS (WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEM)

This brief summary does not replace the one-time compulsory training session "Introduction to WHMIS in Zoology" which is offered each year in September. A Supplement (Revised September 1995) which is intended to help bridge the gap between attending the training session and using WHMIS in the workplace available from the Zoology WHMIS Coordinator, Harold Kasinsky (2-2960).


WHAT WHMIS ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?

To obtain assistance with WHMIS labels (including Workplace labels available in Stores), for help locating and interpreting MSDSs and to discuss safe working procedures for specific materials, call the Zoology WHMIS Coordinator: Harold Kasinsky (2-2960)


To obtain a copy of the Supplement to "Introduction to WHMIS in Zoology" contact the above Zoology Coordinator. This Supplement should help with the classification of WHMIS-Controlled products and with checking and interpreting WHMIS labels and MSDSs and is specific to the BioSciences Building.


To obtain MSDSs not available in BioSciences, printouts of MSDSs from CD-ROMs, WHMIS Upgrade Labels, information on details of WHMIS legislation and information on properties of chemicals including First Aid measures, call the UBC WHMIS Coordinator & Chemical Safety Officer: Donna Ashick (2-5909), Department of Health, Safety & Environment


STATEMENT OF ZOOLOGY WHMIS AND CHEMICAL SAFETY OBJECTIVES

It is the law in Canada that every person working with hazardous materials be provided with information through WHMIS labels, Material Safety Data Sheets and worker education. It is the objective of the Department of Zoology that all Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students and Undergraduates attend on a one-time basis the instructional session "Introduction to WHMIS in Zoology", that each individual be provided with sufficient resources to develop a working knowledge of WHMIS, that the working environment in the Department encourages and supports such acquisition of WHMIS knowledge and ability and that the Department assess worker WHMIS knowledge and ability by means of the Zoology WHMIS Coordinators and Safety Committee inspection procedures.

  • A current chemical inventory should be posted in every lab and workshop.


UBC POLICY ON CHEMICAL SAFETY EDUCATION (PARAPHRASE)

It is UBC policy that every person who works with hazardous materials such as in the laboratory is strongly encouraged to take the Chemical Safety Long Course (with practical session) or Short Course (without practical session) offered by the Department of Health, Safety and Environment. (These courses are offered five times a year; the next is in January 1996.)


HOW TO DEVELOP A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF WHMIS

Once you have attended the one-time compulsory training session "Introduction to WHMIS in Zoology" (which is usually given in September each year) and read the Supplement to it, the only way to obtain a working knowledge of the System is to read Laboratory Supply House Labels (especially on new chemicals from Canadian suppliers), to practice interpreting MSDSs and to learn to make Workplace Labels as needed.


The objective of the Zoology WHMIS Program is to enable all Faculty, Staff and Students who work in a lab or any other place in the Department where hazardous materials occur to assess risks associated with those materials. All people who work in Zoology should be able to answer general questions from WCB Inspectors about the MSDSs and Label that comprise the System as well as specific questions about materials on site in the workplace, their associated hazardous properties, precautions and special information to tell a First Aid Attendant if necessary.


THE WHMIS LABORATORY SUPPLY HOUSE LABEL, VERY BRIEFLY

All chemicals in original Laboratory Supply House containers including ones from U.S. Suppliers must have WHMIS labels complete with the following five items:

  • Product Identifier (i.e. the name of the chemical)
  • Reference to the MSDS
  • Risk Phrases
  • Precautionary Measures
  • First Aid Measures

The Workplace label is a simplified form of the Laboratory Supply House Label.

WHERE ARE THE MSDSs IN BIOSCIENCES?

By law, a manufacturer or supplier of any chemical or material used in the workplace must provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). These are usually collected by the Department and made available in the following locations in BioSciences:

  • Hard Copy File -- All Suppliers: Room 2001.
  • Hard Copy File -- Fisher Scientific: in hall across from Stores, Room 1316.
  • CD-ROMs: beside Room 3538A. This includes the entire Sigma/Aldrich set. For a print-out of any of these MSDSs and many more call HS&E (2-2029).

If you cannot locate the MSDS you need in BioSciences, call the Zoology or UBC WHMIS Coordinators. It is a good idea to have a copy of the MSDS on site for the more hazardous chemicals in your inventory.

 

CHEMICAL SAFETY PART 2 -- STORAGE

GENERAL STORAGE AND LABELLING OF CHEMICALS

  • Do not permit shelves used to store chemicals to become overcrowded. Ensure that there is a ladder or a kick stool available to reach shelving high up.
  • Replace any chemical container lids that are not intact.
  • Please ensure that there are no unlabelled containers and no overwritten or "double" labels.
  • Please ensure that all Laboratory Supply House and Workplace Labels meet WHMIS standards (see section above).


FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

  • The UBC Fire Code prohibits the storage of more than 20 litres of Flammable Liquids/Solvents in the open lab/workplace. The open lab/workplace is defined as the space outside any Flammable Liquids/Solvents Cabinets and outside any Safety Cans.
  • The UBC Fire Code prohibits any glass container of Flammable Liquid/Solvent larger than one liter.
  • Keep the door of any Flammable Liquids/Solvents Cabinet(s) closed.
  • Keep flammables away from open flames, sparks, heat sources.
  • Keep the lids of Red Solvent Waste Cans fastened tightly.


CHEMICAL INCOMPATIBILITIES

In addition to the general rules given below, please refer to "Examples of Incompatible Chemicals" for additional precautions.

  • Store Flammable Liquids/Solvents separately from Acids and Bases.
  • Store Acids separately from Bases.
  • Store Acetic Acid separately from Nitric Acid.


REACTIVE (WHMIS CLASS F) MATERIALSCHEMICAL SAFETY PART 3 -- POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE AND DANGEROUSLY

WARNING: For a list of "Potentially Explosive Chemicals" refer to the following section. Also watch out for the phrases Dangerously Reactive and WHMIS Class F on the chemical labels and the MSDSs.


Handle such items with caution. For information about the properties of a chemical refer to the MSDS and call Donna Ashick, UBC Chemical Safety Officer, HS&E (2-5909). For information about the disposal of potentially explosive chemicals call Ron Aamodt (2-6306). Such items may need to be picked up directly from your lab or workplace -- do not take them to the loading dock Room 1 for pick-up without prior approval. Follow Disposal instructions explicitly.


ETHER AND OTHER PEROXIDE FORMING COMPOUNDS

  • Do not twist or remove the lid of a container of Ether or any other Peroxide Forming Compound material unless the container is marked with the date received, date opened and the most recent peroxide test was within the period indicated on the sheet "Potentially Explosive Chemicals".
  • If a Peroxide test was not done within the recommended period, consult the Laboratory or Workplace Supervisor and/or Ron Aamodt, HS&E (2-6306) about what to do in case there is any risk.
  • If Ether must be used, each container should be marked with the date received, date opened and the dates of peroxide tests. Peroxide tests on Ether should be performed at least once every six months.
  • The Laboratory Supply House container of Ether is often metal or glass. Metal is usually better than glass because it tends to reduce peroxide formation.
  • Ether is best stored in a Spark-Proof Fridge or failing that a Flammable Liquids-Solvents Cabinet.


PICRIC ACID

Do not handle containers of Picric Acid without instruction from the Laboratory or Workplace Supervisor and/or Ron Aamodt, HS&E (2-6306). Do not store Picric Acid unless the water content is at least 50%.


PERCHLORIC ACID

Store Aqueous Perchloric Acid on a glass or ceramic catching tray or dish capable of holding a volume greater than that of the acid. (Anhydrous Perchloric Acid should not be stored.)


RADIOISOTOPES

For more information call the UBC Radiation Safety Officer, Craig Smith (2-7052).

TLDs (Thermoluminescent Dosimeters) used to monitor exposures are provided by the Department as needed. Contact Allen Handley (2-4691) to order one. If you are not sure whether you need one call Craig Smith (2-7052).

Only holders of current UBC Radioisotope Licenses are permitted to procure radioactive materials. The license clearly indicates which isotopes may be purchased, how much isotope may be purchased and also the permissible uses of that material. It is the responsibility of the Radioisotope Licensee to ensure that all License requirements are maintained by all people working under the License.

In order to work with Radioisotopes at UBC you must have taken and passed the course "UBC Radionuclide Safety and Methodology". Be sure to keep the associated manual as a reference.

The Radioisotope Licensee must ensure that the following labels, documents and signs are posted and that the rules thereon are followed:

  • Post the "Caution Radiation Area" label on the exterior door face of every entrance to an area licensed for radioisotope use.
  • Post the "In Case of An Emergency Call" label on the exterior door face of licensed rooms and has the names and home phone numbers of two individuals responsible for the specific area.
  • Post the "Caution Radiation Materials" label on the exterior door face of refrigerators, fume hoods or cupboards in which radioactive materials are manipulated or stored.
  • Post a copy of the following documents in each laboratory or area that is licensed for radioactive materials: UBC Radioisotope License and Appendix A.
  • Post the "No Eating, Drinking or Smoking" sign is posted in each laboratory.
  • Post the "Rules for Working with Radioisotopes in an Intermediate Laboratory" sign in each laboratory or area licensed for radioisotope work.


The Radioisotope Licensee must ensure that the following records about radioisotope use are kept and ensure that they are available for inspection upon short notice (for copies of suitable record-keeping forms, call Craig Smith, 2-7052): purchases usage disposal contamination control.