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Safety Guidelines and Accidents

The department attempts to maintain a safe working environment. There are several steps which you can follow that will help to ensure a safe workplace.

1. Know the safety rules. The Safety Handbook is kept in the main office, Cordley 2082. When you begin work at OSU, you must sign a form indicating you have read and understand the safety regulations; your supervisor must also sign this form.

2. Use protective devices such as eye shields, rubber gloves, plastic aprons, etc.3. Do not eat or drink when you are working in the laboratory.4. Your major professor should have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on file for each chemical that you use. You are required, by University Policy, to read the MSDS so you will know the hazards and how to handle the chemical safely. If you cannot locate a particular MSDS, see the department safety officer. The Merck Index, 9th ed. (1976) is also a good source of information about chemicals.5. Know the first-aid that might become necessary. Also, know the location of first-aid kits in your laboratory. 6. Know how to dispose of chemicals and plant pathogens safely. The department safety officer (Blaine Baker, 7-5265, Cordley 2065) can provide disposal information. The University's Office of Environmental Health and Safety (7-2273) can also answer questions. 

Notify your supervisor immediately after any accident and see Katie Remiyac, personnel specialist, for necessary forms. Any accident resulting in injury must be reported to the State Accident Industrial Fund (SAIF) within 24 hours; in the case of injuries requiring admission to a hospital, the report must be made within 8 hours.