A. Information

Laboratory workers must have access to information and training to ensure that they are apprised of the chemical hazards present in their work area. Such information must be provided at the time of an employee's initial assignment and prior to new exposure situations. Laboratory supervisors are responsible for insuring that appropriate training has been provided to all occupants of the laboratory.

Information provided to employees must include:

  • The contents of the OSHA Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) and its appendices.
  • The location and availability of Juniata's Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Permissible exposure limits for OSHA regulated substances or recommended exposure limits for hazardous chemicals where there is no applicable OSHA standard.
  • Signs and symptoms associated with exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories.
  • The location and availability of known reference materials on the hazards, safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals found in the laboratory, including MSDS's and other reference sources.

B. Training

  1. Juniata Laboratory Safety Training, provided by the Chemical Hygiene Officer, includes:
    • The contents of the OSHA Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) and its appendices.
    • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical.
    • General hazards of chemicals in the work area.
    • Measures employees can take to protect themselves from chemical hazards, including appropriate work practices, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and emergency procedures.
    • Applicable details of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  2. Site-specific training, provided by the laboratory supervisor or designee, must include:
    • Site-specific Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Specific hazards of chemicals in the work area.
    • The selection and use of personal protective equipment appropriate for laboratory tasks.
    • The locations of safety and emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, eyewashes, safety showers, and exits.