New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
The manufacturing of composite materials has many associated hazards – health, physical, fire/explosive, and environmental hazards, to name a few. With general laboratory safety training and common sense, some hazards are readily apparent and easily detected by the students working on a project. However, many of the dangers associated with volatile or toxic chemicals cannot be seen and consequently go unnoticed until an incident occurs.
This document details the work done by undergraduate students, faculty and staff at the university to develop appropriate safety features for a laboratory scale solvent-based prepreg manufacturing machine. This manufacturing process has a variety of associated hazards including physical hazards (moving parts on the machine), health hazards (use of toxic/sensitizing chemicals), fire/explosive hazards (volatilization of organic solvents during manufacturing process), and environmental hazards (use of ecologically harmful materials), making it an excellent case study for the development of safety protocol by an academic institution. The safety feature and protocol development process is explained in detail and may serve useful for other institutions undertaking similar projects.
Larson, N., & Grubb, C. (2016, June), Development of Safety Protocol, Features, and Fail-Safes for a Laboratory-Scale Manufacturing Process Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26829
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