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Policy #C1500: Laboratory Safety

Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to describe the safety and health hazards associated with the chemicals and equipment in the College of Nursing On-Campus Laboratory as well as describe general practice and safety guidelines.

  1. General Information
    1. Laboratory location
      1. The College of Nursing main office at each site will maintain a list of rooms used for laboratory classes for that site.
    2. Laboratory Coordinator/Simulation Technician
      1. Brookings office phone number: 605-688-6153
      2. Rapid City office phone number: 605-490-7378
      3. Sioux Falls office phone number: 605-782-3086
      4. Aberdeen office phone number: 605-626-7179
    3. Emergency contact personnel
      1. Brookings - Campus Security phone number 111 or 911
      2. Rapid City – Monument Health, Rapid City Hospital Environmental Services - 605-755-8408, Plant Ops – 605-755-8888 and Monument Health Rapid City security - 605-755-1000 or 911
      3. Sioux Falls - University Center Security 605-929-2823, 605-334-9357 or 911
      4. Aberdeen - 911
    4. SDSU Environmental Health and Safety Office contact information
      1. SDSU office: Avera Health and Science, room 143, 605-688-4264
      2. After hours emergency: 605-688-5117 or 111
  2. Basic Rules and Procedures
    1. Sharps
      1. All sharps are to remain in lab in secured storage area.
    2. Chemical use and storage
      1. The most common chemicals used in the nursing on-campus lab areas are for skin prep or cleaning, such as the following:
        1. Isopropyl alcohol wipes, Germ Ex
        2. Providone-iodine
        3. Aceton nail polish remover pads
        4. Sodium hypochlorite (bleach)
        5. Cleaning and disinfectants such as Clorox Wipes
        6. Cleaning solvents such as GooGone, WD-40, Simple Green
        7. Chloroprep, 70% isopropyl alcohol, QTTB
      2. Hard copies or electronic copies of SDS (safety data sheets) are available in the lab
      3. All chemicals are checked annually for deterioration of the chemical and/or container at the end of the academic year in May
      4. Amounts stored are as small as possible
  3. Housekeeping
    1. Lab doorways must be accessible at all times. Personnel must always have access to:
      1. Exits to outside hallways
      2. Exits to other rooms if the room is so equipped
    2. Floors should be cleaned regularly or when any substance (dry or liquid) is spilled on them.
      1. In Brookings, if assistance is needed, contact the SDSU physical plant
      2. In Rapid City, if assistance is needed, contact the Monument Health Rapid City Hospital environmental services
      3. In Sioux Falls, if assistance is needed, contact the custodian at 605-940-6004
      4. In Aberdeen, if assistance is needed, contact the custodian via Facilities Management at 605-626-2560
  4. Emergency Assistance Procedure
    1. Emergency numbers are readily available such as poison control center, 911, security, campus police, etc.
    2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      1. Students must follow "Shoes for All Clinical Settings" section of Policy U3166: Appearance and Nursing Student Uniform
      2. Gloves are essential when working with hazardous materials and sharps
  5. Documentation
    1. Accidents (personnel, what, where, when, follow-up)
    2. Needle sticks (see clean needle stick policy)
  6. Signs and labels
    1. Emergency number posted in laboratory
    2. Labels must be placed on all chemical containers (including waste) with hazards
  7. What to do in case of a spill or accident
    1. Notify appropriate personnel
    2. Refer to needle stick policy and blood exposure policy
  8. Training of lab personnel and work-study students
    1. Chemical and sharps hazards
    2. Informed of possible risks
    3. PPE training
    4. Safety Data Sheets
  9. Waste disposal
    1. Lab Coordinator/Simulation Technician monitors, collects, and disposes of waste per Environmental Health and Safety Principles at SDSU.
  10. Other information
    1. Lab Coordinator/Simulation Technician will document any training received.

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Revised & Approved: 5/2005; 4/2001; 4/2014; 1/2018; 4/2021