Chemicals and gases - Kunnskapsbasen
Chemicals and gases
Chemicals and gases are used in laboratories, for cleaning and in workshops. You should use personal protective equipment if there is any danger of being exposed to hazardous substances.
Norsk versjon - Kjemikalier og gasser
- Work environments with chemicals and gases
- Substance database
- Questions regarding the HSE process
- Safety in the laboratory - movie
- NTNU regulations
Work environments with chemicals and gases
Many chemicals and gases have properties that can lead to illness and injury. For this reason, everyone who uses and has responsibility for chemicals and/or gases with dangerous properties should work continously to remove or replace dangerous substances and processes with less dangerous substances. See the Norwegian Environment Agency's guide; "Replacing Hazardous Chemicals (Substitution)" [in Norwegian]. The requirements for replacement of substances that are carcinogenic or harmful to genes are especially strict.
People who work with chemicals and gases
Make sure that you have adequate training and the necessary information to perform your work in a good and safe way. You should use personal protective equipment if there is any danger of being exposed to hazardous substances.
Using fume cupboards
For safety requirements, how to control and report malfunction, responsibilies and tasks - Avtrekksskap i laboratorier og verksted (in Norwegian - not yet translated).
Using contact lenses
When working with chemicals, you need to avoid using contact lenses as far as possible. If you need to use contact lenses, you must use protective goggles in addition.
Individuals in charge of the work
The unit must conduct a risk assessment of the use and handling of chemicals and gases to take care of its employees and students in the best way possible. If the risk assessment concludes that safety measures and personal protective equipment are necessary, these measures and equipment must be available and in accordance with regulations.
Based on the risk assessment, employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals/gases should be offered a medical examination. NTNU's Occupational Health Services can provide assistance with this assessment.
If you are using a fume cupboard or if you plan to get, move or dispose a fume cupboard - Avtrekksskap i laboratorier og verksted (in Norwegian - not yet translated)
The NTNU substance database (in Norwegian) is an electronic archive that contains information about hazardous chemicals, other hazardous substances and hazardous biological factors.
For administrators of the substance database: Go to the substance database page to read about safety data sheets and how you can enter safety data sheets into the substance database.
Some important links:
- Faculty substance database coordinators (in Norwegian)(pdf)
- Substance database: Information, responsibility and definitions (in Norwegian) (pdf)
Report accidents and near misses in the NTNU incident reporting system.
Questions regarding the HSE process
- How does the unit ensure that the substance database is updated and available to all users?
- Which procedures does the unit have for purchasing chemicals and gases (approvals, persons in charge)?
- How does the unit work to minimize the risks associated with use of chemicals, particularly which measures does the unit take to avoid their employees and students being exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals?
- How does the unit ensure that there are no emissions to the environment of potentially environmentally harmful chemicals (drains/air releases)?
- How does the unit ensure that users are provided with the necessary training and information (students in particular)?
- Are there any application, notification or authorization requirements for the use and storage of the unit's chemicals and gases (explosion and fire hazard)?
- Is there a requirement of updating?
- Which procedures does the unit have for disposal of chemicals and gases?
- Which procedures does the unit have for the access to, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment?
- Which procedures does the unit have to ensure that a medical examination is offered in case of suspected adverse health effects?
Safety in the laboratory - movie
- Purchase agreement for chemicals (in Norwegian)
- Safety data sheet - enter into substance database (in Norwegian) (pdf)
- Substitutions (in Norwegian) (pdf)
- REACH (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Environment Agency
- Risk assessment of chemicals in the substance database (in Norwegian) (pdf)
- Pregnancy and the work environment (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Chemicals (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Climate and air quality (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Substance database (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Hazard symbols (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Environment Agency
- Classification and labelling of chemicals (in Norwegian) - the Climate and Pollution Agency
- List of Priority Substances - environment.no
- The Product Register (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Environment Agency
- Laboratory and workshop handbook
- Medical examination
- Risk assessment
- Substance database (in Norwegian)
- Emergency preparedness
- Hazardous waste
- Room cards
- Working with hydrogen fluoride and related substances
- Report problems and discrepancies
- The Working Environment Act (in Norwegian) - Regjeringen.no
- The Pollution Act (in Norwegian)
- Regulations concerning Organisation, Management and Employee Participation, with comments (in Norwegian), chapters 7 and 15 - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- The Workplace Regulations (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Regulations concerning the Performance of Work, with comments (in Norwegian), chapters 2, 3, 4, 6 and 31 - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Regulations concerning Action and Limit Values, chapter 5, annex 1 and annex 2 - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- Inflammable, reactive og pressurized substances - regulation - the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority
- The REACH regulation (in Norwegian) - the Norwegian Environment Agency
- Large accident regulations (in Norwegian) - the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning
- Occupational Health Services
- Arve Johansen, HSE adviser
- Ann Kristin Sjaastad, cert. occupational hygienist
- Faculty substance database coordinators (in Norwegian) (pdf)
Approved by Director of HSE - December 7th 2012 - HMSR40E - ePhorte 2013/11273