After completing the MTS safety modules, reviewing the CLS program policies, and completing safety orientation, the student will be able to: (*)
1. Define standard precautions and list 5 items or body parts that require barrier protection when contact is anticipated.
2. List 3 modes of disease transmission and a way to reduce risk of laboratory transmission for each mode.
3. List the 3 control methods used to limit exposure in laboratories and give 2 examples of each.
4. List 4 types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) commonly used in laboratories and when to use them.
5. State the steps to follow when cleaning up a spill of biohazardous material.
6. List 3 items that should be discarded as regulated medical waste.
7. List the 3 legs of the fire triangle.
8. List the 4 classes of fire and an example of each.
9. Identify 5 types of fire extinguishers and the classes of fire each can be used on.
10. Describe the proper use of a fire extinguisher.
11. List the 4 steps to follow when a fire is discovered.
12. List the 4 routes of entry for hazardous chemicals.
13. Describe the proper methods for labeling hazardous chemicals.
14. Describe the purpose of a materials safety data sheet (MSDS) and list the 7 required types of information.
15. State the main hazard classes for dry chemicals, liquid chemicals and compressed gases.
16. List 5 requirements for disposal of hazardous chemicals.
17. State the method for assessing and cleaning a hazardous chemical spill.
18. State the steps to follow after exposure to a chemical.
19. Describe the basic theory behind voltage, amperage, short circuits, and grounding systems.
20. List 3 indications of electrical problems in an instrument.
21. Identify 2 serious outcomes associated with electrical shock.
22. Describe when and how to inspect portable electrical equipment.
23. List the steps to take if someone is experiencing electrical shock.
24. Identify eight risk factors for repetitive stress injury.
25. Identify symptoms of repetitive stress injury.
26. List eight methods of avoiding repetitive stress injury.
27. Follow all applicable safety practices outlined in objectives 1-26 in the student and clinical laboratories.
28. Follow the "Student Laboratory Rules" in the student laboratories.
29. State the follow-up procedures in case of a laboratory accident.
30. Locate safety equipment in the student laboratory (this will be pointed out during the laboratory orientation).
*Objectives 1-26 are from the MTS Lab Training Library safety modules.
General Safety Checklist
Students should take the initiative to locate or ask the education coordinator about the following safety items in any new laboratory rotation:
- Alarm pull stations
- Emergency telephone number
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire blankets
- Emergency exit plans
- Fire drill notebook and site-specific plan
- Eyewashes, drench hoses, showers
- Full face visors, safety glasses, goggles
- Flammables storage cabinets/rooms
- Chemical fumes hoods
- Acid/base resistant aprons/gloves
- Insulated and thermal gloves
- MSDS manuals
- Chemical spill supplies and response
- Exposure monitoring
- Pathological waste
- Microbiological waste
- Bulk blood (>20cc per item)
- Sharps containers
- Biohazard waste boxes/red bags
- Autoclave bags
- White bags
- Glass waste (non-biohazard)
- Chemical waste, disposal forms
- Handling broken glass (dustpans, etc)
- Recycling bins
- Fluid resistant gowns
- Latex and non-latex gloves, glove liners
- Biohazard face shields/bench shields*
- First aid supplies
- Handwashing vs. clinical sinks
- Biological safety cabinets
- Biological spill supplies and response
*Please remember that students have less experience than employees and may not exhibit the same level of dexterity, therefore they may need to use a higher level of personal protective equipment (PPE) than employees typically wear for a given procedure. We strongly encourage students to make use of face shields or bench shields in addition to other standard PPE whenever a procedure calls for manual manipulation of a sample or when there is any risk of aerosol production.
Download the General Safety Checklist [pdf file]