Safety is a major concern in an organic chemistry laboratory. Hazards must be controlled.
On a day-to-day basis:
Some rules must be followed. Here are the most important ones:
- Co-workers must be trained with respect to the hazards linked to the research activities of the laboratory.
- They must seek information on the hazards and safety precautions before working with a given chemical for the first time.
- All the experiments must be carried out in the fume hood.
- Wearing individual protection equipment is required in the experiment rooms: labcoat, safety spectacles, gloves.
- Solvents and chemicals are stored in minimal amounts only.
- Performing experimental work all alone in the laboratory is forbidden.
Preventive measures, in coordination with the safety offices of Ecole Polytechnique and the CNRS or taken directly by them:
- New co-workers are trained before starting experimental work.
- A training session on fire extinguishers is organised at least once a year.
- An evacuation drill is organised once a year.
Collective protection equipment:
- Fume cupboards.
- Safety weighing enclosure for weighing hazardous compounds.
- Solvent purification system, which can replace hazardous distillation methods in most cases.
Persons in charge in the laboratory:
- Safety officer: Yvan Six.
- People trained for emergency rescue: Qi Huang (SST), Vincent Jactel (PSE2), Yvan Six (SST).
Contact persons in the campus and at the CNRS regional delegation:
- The safety engineers of the campus: Natalie Fernandes and Vanessa Moreau.
- The safety engineer at the CNRS regional delegation: Béatrice Lecêtre-Roland.
- The head of the fire unit of the campus: Josselin Gavelle.
- The occupational safety and health doctor of the campus: Dr Nathalie Lacoste-Renard.
- The occupational safety and health doctor at the CNRS regional delegation: Dr Elisabeth de Lescure.