Complementary safety training

The complementary trainings are free and optional for the whole EPFL staff. To enroll, follow the information on the specific training event.

The list of all planned trainings is available here.

Objectives

  • Reminder on basics in chemistry
  • Recognizing and managing some specific hazards and risks
  • Utility and essential points of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Preventing events/knowing how to choose safety equipment
  • Storing chemicals and waste safely

Target audience
The training is intending for people using chemicals at work and at home.

Objectives

  • At the end of the training, the participant will be able to explain laser hazards and risks.
  • The participant will have basic knowledge of US and European laser safety regulations and laser classes.
  • The participant will understand general technical, organizational and personal control measures applicable to laser risks.
  • The participant will be capable of applying these general measures to his/her experimental setup.

Program

  • Lasing fundamentals, laser light properties
  • Understanding of laser hazards
    • Beam hazards. Primary sites of damages
    • Collateral hazards
    • Examples/analysis of accidents
  • Evaluation of laser hazards
    • Laser classes. American and European regulations
  • Laser controls
    • Engineering control measures
    • Organizational mitigation measures
    • Protective equipment: laser goggles

Target audience
Present (especially beginners) and future users of laser systems are strongly encouraged to attend this course, as well as all individuals who wish to extend their knowledge on laser safety.

Program (*)

  • Nanomaterials: definitions, types
  • Nanomaterials: what are possible differences in the behavior of nanomaterials compared to the corresponding bulk material?
  • Aerosol: particle deposition in the lungs depending on particle size
  • Routes of exposure to nanomaterials
  • Measure the nanomaterial concentration at your workplace
  • Current risk assessment methods specific to the use of nanomaterials
  • EPFL directive on the safe use of nanomaterials
  • Waste management

(*) We reserve the right to slightly change the program.

Program (*)

  • Static magnetic field. Units.
  • Main interactions of static magnetic field with the human body
  • Main dangers related to the magnetic field
  • Standards and regulations related to the level of exposure
  • EPFL: magnetic field measurements and safety rules
  • How can I work safely?

(*) We reserve the right to slightly change the program.

Program (*)
All users of cryogenic gases should be fully aware of the associated risks and how these materials can be safely used.

The DSPS-SCC offers a short training suitable for anyone using, handling, storing or responsible for the safety of cryogenic gases. The users will be made aware of the hazards of cryogenic gases so they can identify the risks and adopt safe working practices concerning:

  • Cryogenic fluids and equipment
  • Equipment failures and accidents
  • High-pressure gas systems, venting
  • Flammability
  • Process safety and site safety

In addition, a practical exercise will provide hands-on instruction on the correct procedures for the decanting of liquid nitrogen from a pressure tank to a working flask.

(*) We reserve the right to slightly change the program.


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