General Lab Safety Rules

1st Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Check out the material safety data sheet (MSDS) before handling the chemicals for the first time. Here is a database that you can find MSDSs.

2nd Personal Protective Equipment

  • Be responsible and careful at all times
  • Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth and the body
  • Make sure your work area is always clean

3rd Emergency

  • Call 6666 in an emergency for police, fire or medical attention
  • Know where the fire extinguishers, first aid kit, emergency exits, emergency shower, eyewash station, and telephones are located

Safety Counsils

Laboratory and Building Safety Council

Özgür Yıldırım
Dönüş Tuncel
Bilge Baytekin
Urartu Özgür Şeker
Onur Tokel
Bülend Ortaç
Murat Dere
Bartu Şimşek
Büşra Merve Kırpat

Clean Room Safety Counsil 

Özgür Yıldırım
T. Serkan Kasırga
Çağlar Elbüken
Selim Hanay
Abdullah Demir
Mehmet Yılmaz
Murat Dere

UNAM Building Rescue Squad and Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade

1. Fatih Büker
2. Mustafa Güler

Communication and Coordination

1. Fatih Büker
2. Muhammed Emin Gürbay

Search, Rescue and Evacuation

1. Fikret Piri
2. Semih Bozkurt
3. Zeynep Erdoğan
4. Abdullah Kafadenk

First Aid

1. Muhammed Emin Gürbay
2. Murat Dere

Energy Resources Intervention

1. Muhammed Emin Gürbay

Safety Training Video

Watch the video by the CBS of USA to learn the dangers of working in a lab environment.

As a part of laboratory safety training, all UNAM users are required to watch the video in the link below and return a signed form that states that they have completed the requirement to UNAM administration.

Here is a series of four fun but informative videos prepared by the University of Michigan ECE department.

Handling Gas Cylinders

Please make sure that you secure the gas cylinders before you store or transport. Never leave a gas cylinder untied to a fixture. Although in German, the video on the left gives a good illustration of the destructive power of the gas cylinders. You may fast forward to 2:45, where the action begins! Also you can find the video on handling gas cylinders safely on the left as well.

Working with HF

Handling Hydrofluoric acid requires special care. Please click the title to learn proper HF use and handling!

Health Hazards

• Exposure can be fatal.
• HF penetrates the skin and mucous membranes causing deep tissue destruction and possible fluoride poisoning.
• Internal damage may not be immediately visible or painful.
• Inhaling HF vapor can seriously damage the lungs..

Emergency Equipment

• Eyewash station in the lab — Test weekly
• Emergency shower and scissors to remove clothing
• Calcium gluconate gel and calcium gluconate eyewash. Check expiration date.
• MSDS for all workers including emergency responders.

Work Procedures

Never work alone with HF.
• Make sure you are trained to work with HF.
• Review lab specific Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for HF work.
• Wear the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
o Medium or heavyweight acid gloves. HF may degrade nitrile, vinyl & latex.
o Consult the manufacturer’s glove selection guide when selecting a glove.
o Cotton lab coat with a chemical splash apron resistant to acids.
o Chemical goggles
o Pants and close-toed shoes with acid covers. No shorts or sandals.
• All work must be conducted in a chemical fume hood.
• Use care to avoid spills or splashes of HF.

Emergency Equipment

• For known HF skin exposure, quickly remove all contaminated clothing while in the safety shower. Cut clothing, if needed, to avoid pulling contaminated clothing over the head. Rinse for 5 minutes.
• Massage calcium gluconate to the affected area using gloves. Calcium gluconate should NOT be used in the eyes. Reapply calcium gluconate every 15 minutes until medical treatment is sought.
• If calcium gluconate is not available or if unknown chemical exposure or HF eye exposure, rinse with water for 15 minutes, apply calcium gluconate eyewash, and then seek medical treatment.
• Unless the exposure is a very minor skin exposure, have someone  call 6666.
• Exposures under the nails, on the face or in the eyes, regardless of HF strength, require advanced medical treatment.

MSDS Database

You can access to MSDS files by clicking the link above. Also keep in mind that chemical manufacturers will also provide MSDS’s.

Laser Safety

Laser can be quite dangerous even at very low powers. Here, learn how to use lasers safely.

Safety Orientation

You can access the safety orientation from here. (pdf file download starts automatically)

Chemical Waste Disposal

For a safer and cleaner environment please fill out the form and ask for a collection.