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Hazardous Situations in MTL

Compressed Gas Safety Procedure
All toxic gases are to be handled by qualified staff only. All persons Using toxic gases must be trained in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCUBA). This training is conducted on a yearly basis.

All gas cylinders must be secured with an approved tank strap assembly.

Nitrogen guns used to spray off wafers and masks should not exceed a pressure of 15 pounds per square inch (PSI). High pressure from nitrogen guns can cause inflation and tearing of the skin.

Fire Hazards
Fires in the lab can result from the ignition of flammable gases, solvents, and other combustible materials. MTL users are not trained or authorized to use fire extinguishers in MTL labs. Heating of solvents and other chemicals is, as a rule, discouraged. it is the major cause of fires in laboratories.

Fire extinguishers are located outside of each emergency exit of the laboratory.

The laboratory is fully covered by a sprinkler system.

When a fire starts, DIAL 100 (from campus phone) or (617) 253-1212 to and report the location of the fire and request help. We are not fire fighters, and MIT's policy is not to fight fires. It is best to leave the fire fighting to the experts. The preferred procedure when a fire starts is to:

On the way out of the area, pull the fire alarm. Fire alarms are located at the exit door of the building.

In case your clothing catches fire, do not panic. Running can only lead to disaster. STOP where you are, DROP to the floor, and ROLL. This will deprive the flames of oxygen and help extinguish the fire. Due to the nature of the cleanroom environment, there are no fire blankets in the laboratories.

Electrical Safety
All electrical work is to be done by the staff or a qualified electrician only.

If you see an electrical problem, report it to the staff so that the problem can be addressed in a timely manner.

Emergency off buttons (EMOs) are located throughout each laboratory or on the specific tools. These push buttons are red in color and are clearly marked. Familiarize yourself with the location of all electrical shutoffs in the laboratory.