- laboratory technicians
- lab managers
- environmental, health and safety coordinators
- anyone developing a laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan
- anyone working in a "laboratory"
If you call your operation a laboratory, then more than likely you fall under the OSHA definition of a laboratory. The term "hazardous chemical" is a broad definition according to OSHA. If you use a chemical that has any sort of associated health hazard (carcinogens, irritants, sensitizers, or anything that can irritate or damage the eyes, skin, or mucous membranes) in the process of working with a sample or product, then you have a laboratory. Common examples of OSHA regulated laboratories include laboratories that analyze commercial samples for the environmental or pharmaceutical industries, product testing laboratories, university and high school teaching laboratories, and in-house research laboratories.
The goal of laboratory safety is to keep exposures to hazardous materials or risks from physical hazards to a minimum while making every effort to be informed about the risks and hazards. Achieving a zero-risk environment in the laboratory is an impossible task, however, it is possible to approach an accident free workplace by setting a goal of zero incidents and excuses. Safe practice by laboratory workers requires continuing attention, training, and education.
Upon completion of this course, you should have a better understanding of the OSHA regulations that apply to laboratories and be better prepared to develop a Chemical Hygiene Plan for your laboratory.
8 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.