[ 290GESKCLSK18 ] KV Chemical Laboratory Safety

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
1 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Chemistry Christian Paulik 1 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Chemistry 2018W
Objectives This course aims to provide students with basic laboratory techniques and safety measurements in order to prepare them for the upcoming practical courses covered in their bachelor study program. The course covers the following chapters:

  1. Why Safety
  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  3. Safety equipment in the lab
  4. Working with gas bottles
  5. GHS Pictograms and Hazards
  6. Sources for information on chemicals / Safety Data Sheet
  7. First aid
  8. Lab regulations
  9. Fire extinguishing exercise & test
Subject Over the course of their training and professional work, today’s chemists acquire extensive knowledge and experiences relating to the risks and dangers inherent in their work and to the products developed by themselves and their colleagues. The resulting safety awareness is an integral part of their professional ethos. The skills and knowledge acquired in the field of safety are just as important as those relating to the profound complexities of science or to cutting-edge technological developments. Thus it is an important goal of academic training to educate chemists to

  • be proficient in safe and secure handling of chemicals and thus,
  • protect both themselves and their colleagues and employees from dangers,
  • act responsibly towards the environment and the general public,
  • identify possible dangers in the use of chemical products by consumers and avert these dangers by providing proper instructions.
Criteria for evaluation Written examination.
Methods Lecture using PowerPoint presentation and Video material presenting correct behavior in chemical laboratories and risks. The presentation is in English and German in order to guarantee correct understanding of the contents. The presentation will be made available for download, secured by password.
Language English and German
Study material The presentation material is available for download, secured by a password.

  1. Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, 8th edition, American Chemical Society, 2017, ISBN 978-0-8412-3732-2.
  2. Safety in University Chemistry Courses, Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung, 2009, BGI/GUV-I 8553 E.
  3. Trevor Kletz, What went wrong, 5th edition, Elsevier, 2009, ISBN 978-1-85617-531-9.
  4. John Atherton, Frederic Gil, Incidents that define proces safety, Wiley, 2008, ISBN 978-0-470-12204-4
Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture in collaboration with 290GICHILCP18: PR Introductory Lab Course (2 ECTS) + 290GICHLGCP18: PR Lab Course in General Chemistry (2 ECTS) equivalent to
TCBPAPRALCH: PR Praktikum aus Allgemeiner Chemie (4,8 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 35
Assignment procedure Direct assignment