Reducing Risk Working Alone in Labs PPT

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Reducing Risk:

Working Alone in the Laboratory

Sarah Meyer, MSPH, CIH, CSP

Laboratory Safety Compliance Specialist

Janette de la Rosa Ducut, Ed.D.

Training and Communications Manager

Russell Vernon, Ph.D.





Project Objectives



for lone workers in Chemistry laboratories Identify the

program components

needed to implement on campus Review best practices and

lessons learned

Working Alone


Do you have employees who work alone routinely, periodically, or occasionally?

What type of hazards are they exposed to?

What type of controls implemented?

should be

Working Alone

Compliance California Code of Regulations, Title 8 §3400(f) Effective provisions shall be made in advance for prompt medical treatment in the event of serious injury or illness…avoid unnecessary delay in treatment… (1) A communication system for contacting a doctor or emergency medical service, such as access to 911 or equivalent telephone system…

Who is a lone worker?

Lone worker is someone who cannot be

seen or heard

by another person, or cannot

expect a visit

from another employee.

(March 2014)

Keeping Lone Workers Safe

    


the hazards Take

corrective action

minimize potential risks to Provide appropriate

training Schedule

higher-risk tasks during normal business hours, or when someone else is present Create a check-in procedure

Check-in procedure


Use a daily work plan 2.

Contact an employee or supervisor at designed times 3.

Follow the emergency action plan for missed check ins

(March 2014)


The “No working alone in labs” rule was commonly ignored through at least the late 1980s to today.

Late nights and weekend work are the norm Buddy system is often claimed to be used, but rarely implemented “Remote Buddy Alert Tool” developed from a garage door opener by Dr. John Palmer while at UCSD “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” alert systems were investigated . developed the first commercially available system for a an institution with multi-story buildings

Incidents at UCR

Five incidents occurred in one year while people were working alone in a single building

Lone Worker Program overview

Length: 5 min

GPS Comparison

Satellite & Cell Phone GPS Lone Worker GPS

Loner SMD Device

Alert Types


Manually pull the latch down


Push the (white) button


(Automatic fall sensor)

Acknowledging an Alert

At UCR, Alerts acknowledged by UCPD. There is an option to use a third party monitor.

Video Tutorial

Acknowledging an Alert

Informing the PIs

The program was introduced through a series of fact sheets, guides, emails, meetings, and word-of mouth.

PI Alert preferences

A simple web-based form was created to

enable PIs to customize their contact settings

. This was entered into the system by EH&S.

Beacon position

Beacons were positioned near

laboratory exits

to maximize visibility, and provide consistency for maintenance.

Beacon installation

Step 1 Step 2

Beacons were installed using self-adhesive


so that they could be easily relocated later.

Beacon placement

Beacons were placed centrally


rooms, and in



Training the Laboratory

Training the Police

Lessons Learned




Use industrial


to attach beacons to the wall Getting a cell phone


inside buildings (especially basements) is challenging

Elevators & stairwells are dead spots Loner SMD uses AT&T service in US Cell phone booster might be necessary in poor cell reception areas

Log in/off alert can result in

several texts/emails

Other applications

Housing and Dining (HDRS) department is interested in mitigating the risks for delivery drivers and convenience store clerks working evening shifts


recognized the possible friction caused with some unions AND asked that EH&S discuss the program with Labor Relations

Labor Relations

subsequently notified both unions that represent Graduate Students and Post-Docs; neither have protested.

Lesson Learned: Inform unions before implementation

The big question: What’s the cost?

Loner SMD Device

(not the intrinsically safe version)

$399 per unit Beacon Device $129 per unit Managed deployment service $30 per unit

Annual service per Loner Device $300 per unit Premium call center annual service per Loner Device (UCR not using) $150 per unit for 24/7 coverage


175 2

Usage Activity On average the devices are used

74 times per hour

during a 2 month period (April 2014 – May 2014). The highest use occurs in the afternoon, peaking at 1:00 pm (total of 175). The lowest use occurs in the early morning at 4:00 pm (total of 2).


Alert Types Notwithstanding system checks, the most frequent alert types are


(24), followed by


(10), and


detections (4).


types include: system GPS checks, tests, and false alarms.

For more information

Blackridge Solutions

Lance Kellough (778) 686-5799

[email protected]


Safety & IH (951) 827-5528 [email protected]

Teamwork wins!


Lt. Jason Day Judy Lane (Dispatch)


Mary Amimoto, Nicole Clark, and Jack Thompson

CNAS Machine Shop

Jeff Leffler Source:

Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology