Lab Safety 29 CFR 1910.1450

General Background:

Laboratory workers are routinely exposed to hazardous chemicals such as acetone, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen sulfide, mercury, nitric acid and xylene. Many accidents and injuries occur annually in laboratories, resulting in chemical-related illnesses ranging from skin and eye irritation to fatal pulmonary edema. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employer.

The following course outline is designed to make employees aware of the hazards associated with work in laboratories and the safety procedures to be followed.

  1. Lab Safety Program
    1. Purpose of the “Laboratory Standard”
    2. How Laboratories are classified
    3. Elements of the Chemical Hygiene Plan
    4. Purpose of standard operating protocols (SOP)
  2. Chemical Hazards
    1. Routes of exposure for hazardous chemical
    2. How chemical exposure limits are determined
    3. Health and physical hazard effects
    4. Types of toxins.
  3. Chemical information
    1. Elements contained within and experiment plan
    2. Situations that require specialized labeling of chemical containers
    3. Where detailed information about a chemical can be found
    4. How data is gathered to measure chemical concentrations in an area
  4. Protective Measures
    1. Basic workplace hazard controls
    2. Safe work practices that reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals
    3. Emergency information every employee should know
    4. Basic spill response procedures

NOTE: CSEM, Inc. may be contacted in the future to schedule a work place evaluation and program review in an effort to help maintain compliance with this regulation. This segment of the OSHA requirement can be easily documented by the employer and is not included in this proposal but will be mentioned in training.

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