Laboratory Safety

HEALY's science laboratories are outfitted with several types of safety equipment. The following is only a brief description of the systems in place, please ask our Marine Science Technicians for assistance or training.

Fire Blankets

Fire Blankets are located in several of the science spaces. These flame retardent blankets are used to smother flames in the event a person's clothing or hair has caught fire. In the event of a fire, pull the handle on the container towards you to open, and remove the blanket. Wrap the blanket around the victim to smother the flames. This equipment is especially effective when combined with the "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique.

Eye Wash/Shower Deluge Systems

These systems are located in the Main Lab, Wet Lab, and Bio-Chem Lab. In the event that a toxin or particle has infiltrated the eyes, the victim should be led to the nearest eyewash station. Depressing the foot pedal and holding it down activates the nozzles. The effected area should be washed for a minimum of 10 minutes. In the event that the contamination extends to any part of the body, the victim should be showered using the deluge system for a minimum of 10 minutes. This system is activated by pulling down on the handle attached to the shower head. In either of these cases, the ship's corpsman should be notified, and the victim should seek further medical attention.

Electrical Outlet Cut-out Switches

Each of the laboratories is equipped with remote power outlet cut-out switches. These switches, as seenbelow, are used to isolate an electrical circuit in the event of an emergency. When lit, the associated power outlet is on, and can be secured by twisting the power switch until the light is secured. Please note, these switches are for emergency use only, securing power for other reasons may affect ongoing experiments. If you are unsure of which switches control your experiments, please consult with a Marine Science Technician.

Hazardous Materials

HEALY’s Marine Science division maintains a number of spill response kits designed to handle several types of chemical spills. If your project requires the use of chemicals that may be toxic, aggressive, or highly reactive please consult with a Marine Science Technician to determine the location and use of spill kits. Aside from the fume hood sinks, ALL SINKS DRAIN INTO OUR GENERAL SEWAGE SYSTEM WHICH IS PUMPED DIRECTLY TO THE SEA WHEN REGULATIONS AND OPERATIONS PERMIT. HAZARDOUS/TOXIC CHEMICALS SHALL NEVER BE DISPOSED OF WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING WITH A MARINE SCIENCE TECHNICIAN. If possible, we ask that projects requiring special waste handling supply their own carboys or other waste storage containers. Use of Hazardous Materials must be part of the cruise planning process. All scientists are REQUIRED to provide MSDS's for all chemicals brought onboard.