Occupational Exposure Hazardous Chemicals In Laboratories
OSHA recognizing the unique characteristics of the laboratory workplace, has tailored a standard for occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories. This standard is often referred to as the “Laboratory Standard”. Under this standard, a laboratory is required to produce a Chemical Hygiene Plan which addresses the specific hazards found in its location, and its approach to them. A laboratory means a facility where the “laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” occurs. It is a work place where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis.
- Chemical Hygiene Plan: A written program developed and implemented by the employer which sets forth procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment and work practices to protect employees.
- Chemical Hygiene Office: An employee who is designated by the employer, and who is qualified by training or experience, to provide technical guidance in development and implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
- Certificate of Fitness (C-14) Supervising Chemical Laboratories
Who Should Attend:
As a minimum, one person per lab should obtain the Certificate of Fitness for The Supervision of Chemical Laboratories (C-14). A C-14 is required when maintaining or operating a Chemical Lab or storage room in which flammable gases, solids or liquids; explosive, oxidizing or reactive materials are used in testing, research, experimental or instructional work.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450
Massachusetts, Rhode Island