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Lab Safety

Laboratory Standard

Safe, Green Labs

Did you know that laboratories use 4-5 times more energy than an office space per square foot? Green your lab and share your efforts. Conserve energy and water use, reduce hazardous waste, recycle materials, purchase green, and stay safe.

OHSA's Laboratory Standard

OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (29 CFR 1910.1450), referred to as the Laboratory standard, covers laboratories where chemical manipulation generally involves small amounts of a limited variety of chemicals. This standard applies to all hazardous chemicals meeting the definition of “laboratory use” and having the potential for worker exposure. 

What is a Laboratory?

“Laboratory” means a facility where the “laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” occurs. Wright State has many locations where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis.
“Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals” means handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:
  • Chemical manipulations are carried out on a “laboratory scale” (i.e., work with substances in which the containers used for reactions, transfers, and other handling of substances is designed to be easily handled by one person);
  • Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used;
  • The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor do they in any way simulate a production process; and
  • "Protective laboratory practices and equipment” are available and in common use to minimize the potential for worker exposure to hazardous chemicals.
 

Lab Safety Manual

Hazards

Laboratory Hazards

Chemical Hazards

Chemical Hazards

Chemical Fume Hoods

Biological Hazards

Biological Hazards

Working with Small Animals

Biosafety Cabinets

Physical Hazards

Noise

Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Laboratories

Safety Hazards

Safety Hazards

Autoclaves/Sterilizers

Centrifuges

Cryogens and Dry Ice

Electrical Hazards

Other Hazards

Latex Allergies

Training

Training

Laboratory Safety Training provides an overview of safety requirements for laboratory workers.  The course covers all materials required for:

  • General Laboratory Safety
  • Hazard Communicaiton/GHS
  • Radiation Safety Awarenss
  • Biological Safety
  • Waste Management

The training is required for all personnel who work in a lab with hazardous chemicals.

Topics include:

  • emergency procedures,
  • OSHA Lab Safety Standard,
  • health and physical hazards,
  • routes of exposure,
  • signs and symptoms of exposure,
  • recognition and mitigation of laboratory hazards,
  • use of engineering controls,
  • use of administrative controls, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs),
  • use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),
  • waste management,
  • housekeeping, and
  • audits

Resources

Laboratory Safety Training Handouts

Resources

Occupational Safety & Health Administration Links (OSHA)

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) collects and makes available a compilation of laboratory safety incidents which may be used by health and safety professionals, faculty, supervisors, students and any others who may benefit from these "lessons learned". We highly recommend that you visit this site!

Wright Way Policy 6015 Exit Policy for the Closeout/Decommissioning of University Laboratories

Lab Clearance/Exit Checklist (PDF)

Guidelines for Moving Chemicals on Campus (PDF)

Hazardous Material Inventory

Visit the Environmental Health and Safety Chemical Inventory page to enter information.

Gloves

What type of protective gloves should I wear? Gloves-Selection and Compatibilty (PDF)

Waste Pick-up

Do you have chemical or infectious waste that you need picked up?

Submit a Chemical and Hazardous Waste Pick-Up Form.  http://www.wright.edu/administration/ehs/wastepickup_form.html