Safety in the lab at Adesis

Putting Safety First

At Adesis Inc., safety of our employees is of equal importance as productivity. Adesis Inc. has instituted a Facility Safety Program designed to constantly raise the level of awareness of safe work practices. This program, along with a detailed Emergency Action Plan and thorough Chemical Hygiene Plan, provides for a positive outcome should an emergency occur.

Staff Responsibility

The management of Adesis Inc. insists that each and every employee play a role within the safety program. The mindset when the safety program was instituted was simply stated as:

“Every employee holds an interest in not only the success of the organization, but the safety of the organization as well”

Staff safety in the laboratory is an important priority at Adesis

On staff, we have a Facility Safety Coordinator. Our Facility Safety Coordinator comes from a background in the Life, Health & Safety Field and is responsible to ensure Adesis Inc. complies and operates within all federal, state, and local regulations ranging from the Department of Environmental Protection to the Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA). This position is responsible for ensuring safe work practices and procedures are adhered to at all times throughout the facility.

Our Facility Safety Coordinator is certified and attends annual update training as needed in the following areas:

  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety Certification – Advanced Solutions Institute
  • Essentials of OSHA Compliance – Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
  • OSHA Recordkeeping Workshop – Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
  • Hazardous Materials Management – J.J. Keller & Associates
  • DOT Training for Hazardous Materials – J.J. Keller & Associates
  • Hazardous Material Emergencies Operat Academy
  • Hazardous Material Emergencies – De-Con Operations – Nationalions Level – National Fire Fire Academy
  • Incident Command System/NIMS – National Fire Academy
  • Industrial Fire Brigades (Instructor Level) – Pennsylvania State Fire Academy
  • First Aid for the Workplace – American Safety & Health Institute

All chemistry employees of the organization receive comprehensive training in hazardous chemical and waste handling procedures as required by OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.120 known as HAZWOPER. HAZWOPER training is provided by a third party vendor, J.J. Keller & Associates.

In-House Safety Training

Monthly, the Facility Safety Coordinator conducts training with each chemistry group on topics such as:

  • Fire Extinguisher Use
  • Safe Glassware Handling
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Using Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Electrical Safety in the Laboratory
  • Handling Flammables and Explosives
  • Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Laboratory Ergonomics
  • Contamination Prevention
  • Hazardous Waste Handling

This training consists of lecture, video, group discussion, and a written test to confirm competency.

Safety Review & Inspections

Safety Committee

A safety committee is in place to constantly review the overall safety program. The committee meets monthly and is comprised of representatives from all departments and management levels of the organization. Committee members discuss, in an open forum, possible safety issues, injury/”near-miss” incidents, and any other safety-related topics to constantly promote a safe work environment.

Laboratory Inspections

Lab inspections are performed weekly by the Facility Safety Coordinator and the Facility Manager. During these inspections, each employee’s individual work areas are thoroughly inspected to ensure all company safety policies/procedures are being adhered to. Violations are documented and posted for immediate correction.

Hazardous Operations Reviews

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Hazardous Operations Reviews are initiated whenever an unusually hazardous chemical or a potentially hazardous reaction is schedule to be used in the facility. A Haz-Ops review can be requested by any one of the following:

  • Chemist
  • Facility Safety Coordinator
  • Facility Manager
  • Director of Chemistry

Upon request for a Haz-Ops Review, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss chemistry procedures, material handling procedures, waste handling procedures, and emergency action procedures, should an issue arise while performing tasks.

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Request a copy of our Adesis Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Index and see the full list of procedures and protocols we have put into place to maintain a safe laboratory environment.

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