Presentation made by
Analice Sowell and Jim Willcutt
of Buckeye Technologies

Analice Sowell and Jim Willcutt of Buckeye Technologies

Some of those in attendance.

Analice provided the audience with copies of a MSDS and emphasised the importance of knowing what they say about any chemical being used.

Analice discussed the Fire Diamond as to what each color covers and what the numbers and symbols refer to.

Personal Protective Equipment

Minimum: Safety glasses or goggles, its the law in Tennessee!

  • rubber gloves give your hands protection
  • lab coat to protect your clothing
  • face shield with safety glasses underneath where splashes are likely
  • respirator/gas mask when working outside of a fume hood with hazardous chemicals

    Here Analice shows the respirator/gas mask required to handle some of the chemical she uses. Notice that she is also wearing a lab coat and gloves. Here Analice shows a face shield that can be used for some chemicals, but only if safety glasses/goggles are worn under the face shield. (sorry no picture with safety glasses).

    Analice mentioned that contact lens are not allowed in laboratory/industrial plant situations due to the fact that they can make it difficult to treat the eyes if a splash gets into the eyes. Soft contacts are even more dangerous due to the fact that they absorb gases and slowly release them.

    Our guests also mentioned the importance of wearing long pants and closed toe shoes. These can act as your first line of defense in case of a chemical spill to your body.

    The accident that blinds you may be from someone else. Jim's "unauthoirized" experiment with different chemicals than what Analice was using caused an unexpected foaming. The chemicals "splashed" into Analice's face. Her Safety Glasses saved her vision.

    Jim then talked about fire safety and fire extinguishers. The planned demonstration of how to put out a fire with an exthnguisher was canceled due to the rain. Jim made three very important points:

    1. If you feel unsafe in fighting the fire, call 911 and vacate the lab (not necessarily in that order).
    2. Never try to use a second fire extinguisher. If one does not put out the fire, it is too big, leave it to the professionals. 3. When using a fire extinguisher, PASS

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguisher
  • Spray the fire from side to side
  • Know how to put out a fire (

    A video of selected digital pictures of the presentation.

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