Laboratory Safety Colloquium

Plan to attend the spring colloquium on April 15, 2015, in Nebraska City Union

Safety Culture: Perspectives and Practices ” features Sean Kaufman, national/International educator, consultant, and behavioral solutions expert. Sean will discuss safety culture based on his experience with Emory University, Centers for Disease Control, and other public and private entities, including information on best practices for improving and sustaining safety cultures.  This colloquium will be applicable to everyone, especially to laboratory researchers, principal investigators, safety committee chairs, department heads and deans.

RSVPs are required and may be submitted online at:


EHS, in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development, sponsors a spring and fall Safety Colloquium Series for Principle Investigators, research staff, and graduate students.

For further information or to suggest future colloquium topics contact Elizabeth(Betsy) Howe, or (402) 472-5488.

Previous Colloquia

DISASTER!  Protect Yourself & Your Research – October 29, 2014

View 1 hr. 8 minute video

USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) Permits – April 2, 2014
(Information valid as of 4/2/2014. Review current USDA-APHIS VS permit requirements when planning your research.)

View 26 minute video

USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Permits – September 18, 2013
(Information valid as of 9/18/2013. Review current USDA-APHIS PPQ permit requirements when planning your research.)

View 1 hr. 19 minute video

NIOSH Workshop: Building a Risk Management Program for Nanomaterials – June 11, 2013
1. Building a Risk Management Program for Nanomaterials
View 1 hr. 18 minute video
2. NIOSH – Nanotechnology Research Center Active in the Lab and in the Field
View 1 hr. video
3. A Exposure Assessment Strategy for Nanoparticles
View 1 hr. 34 minute video
4. Risk Assessment Approaches for Nanomaterials
View 23 minute video
5. Control Banding
View 54 minute video

a. Risk Phases: Designated Hazardous Substances. NOHSC: 10005 (1999)
b. Control Banding (Good Nano Guide)
c. Silver Powder MSDS
d. Artificial Butter Flavor Safety Data Sheet (Firmenich)

Enhancing Laboratory Safety – April 11, 2013

View 1 hr. 44 min video

Machine Shop Safety – November 7, 2012
General Machine SafetySafe Operating Procedure

April 18, 2012, “Safe Handling: Unstable, Reactive, Energetic Chemicals ”
View 23 min video
Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions:  A Report of the Safety Culture Task Force of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety

October 12, 2011, “Safe Handling: Highly Toxic Chemicals, Reproductive Toxins (Mutagens & Teratogens) and Biologically-derived Toxins”
View 67 min video
Additional Resources

February 23, 2011, “Flammable, Pyrophoric, Corrosive & Toxic Gas Safety.” Presentation
View 27 min video

September 29, 2010, “Pyrophoric (Air-Sensitive) Chemical Safety.” Presentation
View 54 min video

February 2010 Cryogen Safety Presentation.
View 25 minute Video

September 2009 Steam Sterilization Using Autoclaves Presentation.
A Guide to Sterility Assurance handout for further information.

February 2009 Laser Safety: Hazards, Bioeffects, and Control Measures Presentation. Questions to assist with choosing appropriate protective eyewear.

September 2008 Centrifuges: Research or Rocket? Presentation.
View 44 min Video

Maintenance information on: Swinging Rotors, General

March 2008 Preventing Laboratory Fires Presentation and Tri-State Flashover clip.
View 53 min Video.

September 2007 Chemical Safety: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
Presentation, Video 46 min Video.

February 2007 Exposure Control-Ventilated Hoods, Cabinets and More. Presentation and ‘Fume Hood Basics’ clip.
View 57 min Video .
Fume Hood and Bio-safety Enclosures handout for further information.

September 2006 Electrical Safety in the Laboratory Presentation
View 45 minute Video.

February 2006 Compressed Gas Cylinders (CGC) Presentation
View 45 minute Video > Media Player > iTunes.