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Journal:   TEHRAN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL JOURNAL (TUMJ)   2004 , Volume 62 , Number 6; Page(s) 518 To 525.
 
Paper: 

THE STUDY OF HAZARDS AND INSUFFICIENCIES IN THE UNIVERSITY LABORATORIES

 
 
Author(s):  ADLE J.*
 
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Abstract: 

Background: The existing hazards and insufficiencies in the university laboratories which due to their variety of works and large number of students as users and academic staff and expensive equipment, are considered as an important and sensitive work place, were identified by safety audit.
Materials and Method: The existing 45 laboratories of a faculty were chosen as example of university laboratories.. For perfomance of safety audit, the published checklists of laboratories from 20 different national and international organizations were studied. Then 45 chosen laboratories were carefully surveyed and their present conditions were recorded. Apart from their location and sizes, number of doors, windows, location of benches, equipments , instruments, the condition of utility system ;electricity, gas, water, sewage system, safety devices; emergency showers, portable fire extinguishers, exit doors, and number of people working in laboratories permanently and/or temporarily, all were recorded. By comparing the published checklists with the recorded conditions of laboratories proper checklist for under study laboratories was designed in 9 parts with 285 questions. The checklist was completed in every 45 laboratories and then analyzed.

Results& Conclusion: Totally 55 hazards and insufficiencies were identified and listed. The evaluation of these hazards, due to lack of required data for determination of risk, was impossible. Therefore the first priority was given at a glance to the insufficiencies of management system and training program. Lack of proper ventilation. system and lack of written procedure for disposal of broken glass and sharp edge wastes, and lack of written safety manual and safe operation procedures were among them.

 
Keyword(s): UNIVERSITY LABORATORY, SAFETY AUDIT, LAB, SAFETY
 
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