This website is a video put out by UCLA and is a good general introduction to using pyrophorics. It would be good for required viewing for ALL researchers who intend to use Grignards, alkyl metals, organometallics, LiH, etc.
Updated June 2015 to provide a new link; the old link no longer worked.
After viewing this video, students will have a good introduction to general methods for using pyrophoric materials. The recommendations presented here MUST be discussed with a research advisor and made consistent with local practice.
The video starts out a bit cheesy, but the recommendations are very good. I was (very) pleased to see that the recommendations I give to MY students are essentially identical to those presented here.
I hesitate to suggest a lab practical here, but the way I will use this video is that I will have all students who work with these materials watch it and discuss it with me. Our students are required to have a signed procedure (signed by student and advisor) in their notebook before using pyrophorics. I always stand right next to the student for the first time they do this procedure, and I make sure the student knows the risks and hazards and the procedure WELL before I let them use pyrophorics outside of MY presence (they must have a "buddy" present regardless).