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Laboratory Safety Videos

Splash Zone (1:33 min.) - Produced by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety.

The lab safety videos below cover common lab situations and equipment.

These videos are not intended to replace formal instruction or a safety training program.

A Day in the Life thumbnail imageA Day in the Lab (A PI's Perspective)

Produced and written by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety.

Cultivating a safe laboratory environment from the top down, a PI instructs lab staff on PPE, hazardous waste, fume hood function, safety training, piranha solutions, and the merits of good housekeeping.


After the Rainbow thumbnailAfter the Rainbow

Focusing on preventing accidents in high school chemistry labs, "After the Rainbow" is a U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) video safety message.


Labconco Fume Hood thumbnailBasic Fume Hood Air Flow and Operation

LabconcoCorporation presents a basic look at the airflow and operation of a Labconco fume hood, including proper work procedures and detailed information on the movement of air in and around the hood.


Chemical Fume Hood: How it Works to Protect YouChemical Fume Hood: How it Works to Protect You

This animated video, available in multiple languages, is a lab safety project by Dartmouth College and the National Institute of Health.


Compressed gas cylinders thumbnail imageCompressed Gas Safety Training for UC San Diego

This 2-video set was presented by Eugene Y. Ngai of Chemically Speaking LLC in May 2013 for UCSD researchers and Environment, Health & Safety staff. Key elements of a CG safety program and pre-planning for emergency response are covered.

  • Compressed gas cylinders thumbnail imageVideo 1 – Overview of Compressed Gas Safety (59:18 min.)
  • Video 2 – More on Compressed Gas Safety at UCSD (51:16 min.) with audience-driven topics

Find training handouts for this program on the CG: Classification and Requirements Overview page in the "Safety training" section.


Experimenting with DangerExperimenting with Danger

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board addresses hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions.


Flash Chromotography thumbnail image

Flash Chromatography 101

Produced by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety.


Part 1: Getting ReadyHow to Handle Pyrophoric Reagents

3-part instructional video produced by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety:


Lab Safety Institute Video thumbnail imageLaboratory Safety Institute – Safety Videos Page

Videos that were once part of the Laboratory Safety Institute Lending Library are now viewable free online.


Pipetting thumbnail imagePipette Safety & Ergonomics

Produced by UC Los Angeles, Environment, Health & Safety Office.

Learn how to prevent repetitive injury while pipetting in the laboratory.


Proper use of fume hood thumbnail imageProper Use of a Fume Hood

Produced by UC Berkeley Environment, Health & Safety Office.

When used properly, chemical fume hoods are one of the most reliable engineering controls in the laboratory.


Splash Zone thumbnail imageSplash Zone

Produced by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety.

Quick, impactful message about the importance of always wearing eye protection in labs, whether you're engaged in research or just happen to be in the Splash Zone.


Stay Protected thumbnail imageStay Protected

Produced by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Personal protective gear won't magically appear.


Periodic Table of the Elements thumbnail imageThe Periodic Table of Videos

Created by video journalist Brady Haran, featuring chemists from the University of Notttingham.

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century. This modern version has a short video about each one.


To Be (Safe) or Not to Be thumbnail imageTo Be (Safe) or Not to Be

Produced and written by Dr. Haim Weizman, UCSD Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in partnership with Environment, Health & Safety.

Safety orientation for newbies in the lab.