Lessons Learned: Safety at UNM
Incidents at UNM:
What we learned:
- Always make sure that containers are properly labeled and sealed; if you're unsure, open the container under a Fume Hood to mitigate risk, or check the seals to make sure nothing is leaking.
- Train employees on proper PPE usage; the more protected they are, the less likely severe damage will occur if something does go wrong.
- Make sure you check what chemicals you are combining; sometimes even the smallest reaction between two chemicals can be fatal.
Remember, if you experience a near miss (aka a time when something bad could have happened but didn't), or if incident does occur, report it at our Accident, Incident, Spill Reporting, and Near Miss FormStack!