Rice University laboratories are design to provide user with the necessary resources to conduct research in a safe environment with minimal impact to the general public and environment. The proper use of these facility resources is integral in ensuring the safety of the students and staff member and should be reviewed on a regular basis
Experiments with volatile chemicals or noxious orders should be perform in a fume hoods. Before each use with toxic compounds, the face velocity of the hood shall be examined to ensure that there is an appropriate flow of air. Laboratory personnel may call Environmental Health & Safety to request a flow test at any time. The level to which the sliding window should be drawn to allow good ventilation is marked on the hood (approximately 14 or 18 inches). Any hood discovered not to be operating properly, either during use or during periodic inspection, shall be closed down and labeled as such until all problems are corrected. Storage of toxic materials inside hoods is not recommended. Hoods are not to be used as storage areas and should be stored in the appropriate cabinet.
The use of perchloric acid requires specialized fume hood with wash-down systems to prevent buildup of highly explosive metallic perchlorates inside the hood, exhaust ducts, and fan components. Perchloric acid should never be used in any fume hood that is not strictly dedicated for this type of chemical.
An overhead safety shower is located within or near each laboratory. These are for rapid washing of people who have had substantial spills of toxic, caustic or acid solutions on themselves. Do not pull shower handles unless needed. Showers should be checked annually for proper flow.
The best thing to do for foreign material in the eyes is to rinse with large amounts of water. Many laboratory sinks are equipped with an eye wash attachment for rapid washing of the eyes when a substance has been spilled, splashed or blown into the eyes. Acquaint yourself with the location of eye wash facilities in the laboratory or hallway and how they are operated before they are needed. Be prepared to help someone else wash their eyes quickly in the event of an accident since they may not be able to find or operate the station. Flush eye wash stations once a week to ensure proper operation when needed.
You may submit a work order via Rice Facilities Engineering and Planning if you need to schedule any maintenance repairs.