Because of the hazards involved in laboratory work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the OSHA Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450), which is designed to minimize exposure to hazardous chemicals and foster a safe work environment for any facility that uses hazardous materials. The main purpose of this course is to make lab workers aware of the contents and requirements of the OSHA Laboratory Standard. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to:
- Identify the purpose of the OSHA Laboratory Standard;
- Recognize and understand the elements of the Standard;
- Identify the actions required to comply with the Standard;
- And finally, do your part to comply with the Standard and ensure the safety of all personnel.
Why “The OSHA Laboratory Standard” Matters:
From large-scale emergencies and serious accidents to the slower, but still serious, effects of repeated exposure, laboratory work presents real hazards—for workers, the public, and the environment. The Laboratory Standard was adopted to address and control these hazards by requiring actions that promote laboratory safety.
The main points about the OSHA Laboratory Standard include:
- It addresses exposure to hazardous chemicals during laboratory work.
- It operates through information and training.
- And, it is designed to provide protection for workers and help them protect themselves.