Hazard Identification Laboratory and Research Operations

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Course Overview

Designed for anyone who works in a laboratory or those new to the laboratory environment, this course will focus on how to identify potential hazards and determine those hazards that need to be analyzed and risk assessed.

You will gain a comprehensive review of:

  • Flammability basics
  • Potentially hazardous equipment
  • Potentially hazardous operating conditions

 Learn How to Identify Potential Hazards

  • In over-temperature or over-pressure situations
  • In oxygen-enriched environments
  • When using pipes, hoses, hoods and ventilated enclosures
  • When spills or leaks occur
  • When using gas cylinders

Who Should Attend?

This course will be especially valuable to those who are:

  • New and need to learn the hazards and codes applicable to safety within laboratories
  • Managing the safety aspects of laboratories
  • Experienced but need that refresher to keep them vigilant
  • Those involved with determining the potential hazards that need to be analyzed and included in risk assessments

Course Outline

Welcome and Introduction

Flammability Basics

  • Flash point
  • Auto-ignition temperature
  • Flammability limits
  • Effects of temperature, pressure, and oxygen
  • Liquid classification
  • Grounding

 Over-pressure Hazards

  • Common causes
  • Methods for over-pressure protection
  • Vent systems

Over-temperature Hazards and Protection Issues

  • Common causes
  • Cooling systems issues
  • Protection methods
  • Problems with purchased and fabricated equipment


  • Common causes
  • Leak testing
  • Avoiding leaks


  • Common causes
  • Spill protection


  • Common failure modes
  • Specific problem areas

Pressure Gauges

  • Safety concerns

Glass Equipment

  • Guidelines for safe use

Pumps and Mixers

  • Common failure modes
  • Pump issues
  • Mixer issues

Gas Cylinders

  • Codes and standards
  • Storage
  • Guidelines for safe operations

Safety systems

  • Common issues
  • Hierarchy of protection
  • Guideline for safe design and use

Hoods and Ventilated Enclosures

  • Common problem areas
  • Guidelines for safe operations

Gas Monitoring

  • Types of hazards
  • Common issues
  • Guidelines for effective installations



Elaine Andrysick

Elaine M. Andrysick, joined Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a continuing engineering education specialist in 1988.  She is responsible for the development and delivery of high-value continuing engineering education short courses for practicing professionals in the areas of chemical and process engineering and laser material processing.  Also, she manages the University’s Laser Welding Certificate program.

Richard Palluzi

Richard P. Palluzi, PE, CSP, of Richard P. Palluzi LLC is a consultant to the pilot plant and laboratory research community on safety, design, and research project management. He retired as a Distinguished Engineering Associate after almost 40 years at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, where he was involved in the design, construction, and support of pilot plants and laboratories for ExxonMobil’s research site in Clinton, New Jersey, as well as affiliates worldwide. Rich is the author of two books, and numerous articles and presentations as well as a past chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Pilot Plant Committee, ExxonMobil’s Pilot Plant and Laboratory Safety Standards Committee, and ExxonMobil’s Safe Operations Team for their Clinton facility. Rich is on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) NFPA-45 Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals and NFPA-55 Industrial and Medical Gasses committees. He has BE and ME degrees in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

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