Considerations and Cautions
All of the laboratory and field techniques
used at PEARL require some familiarity with standard laboratory or field
safety procedures. The responsibility for safe and careful application of
these procedures is yours. Always obtain all information available (Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)), proceed with
caution and follow the safety procedures provided. Use safety glasses/ face
lab coat and gloves. Leave food and drink outside and never wear sandals in
the lab. All this is particularly important when you are using
strong acids, alkalies or oxidizing reagents.
Queen's University now offers
real-time electronic MSDS reference through ChemFFX
A reference sheet
that provides help with this system is available just outside our laboratory
doors. More help and ChemFFX training is available through
Queen's Environmental Health and
Safety webpage on ChemFFX. Below are links to some
safety information you should have.
ChemWatch is your most important electronic MSDS reference. For more information on how to use this resource, visit
Glove Selection Guide.The glove used must correspond to the chemical in use.
Some of the best availible information for matching the type of glove with the chemical to be used, can be found on the Queen's Environmental Health and Safety website.
If you intend to use a chemical for which we do not stock an approaite glove, ask the technitian to aquire them.
Ice Safety notes from the Lifesaving Society
Ice Safety notes from the Canadian Red Cross
Department of Biology Safety Page
Polar Bear Safety
Firearms Safety Training. For fieldwork in the Arctic, a firearms safety certification is required.
This link leads to one possible source of training.
Boat Safety Training. For much of the fieldwork done at PEARL, a Pleasure Craft Licence is required. Traininig and certification information is availible at this link.