Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Standard

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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?

A 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.
For more information contact:  
Marjorie Markopoulos, Biological and Chemical Safety Officer, at 937-775-2797

Lab Safety Manual

Laboratory Safety Manual

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides a Laboratory Safety Manual (Chemical Hygiene Plan) consistent with the requirements of OSHA's Laboratory Standard. Click here for sections 1 - 4.2.13, or here for sections 4.3 - 10.

Please refer to the electronic copy to ensure you have the current revision.

For more information contact:  
Marjorie Markopoulos, Biological and Chemical Safety Officer, at 937-775-2797


Laboratory Hazards

Chemical Hazards

Chemical Hazards

Chemical Fume Hoods

Biological Hazards

Biological Hazards

Working with Small Animals

Biosafety Cabinets

Physical Hazards


Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Laboratories

Safety Hazards

Safety Hazards



Cryogens and Dry Ice

Electrical Hazards

Other Hazards

Latex Allergies



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

  • General Laboratory Safety
  • Hazard Communication/GHS
  • Radiation Safety Awareness
  • 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

Additional Training Resources

Dow Chemical Lab Safety Academy

Dow Chemical is a world-wide leader in safety. Their commitment to safety has led them to create a variety of Laboratory Safety Modules. View their training modules to obtain general information on the following series of topics. Each series contains 9 to 10 specific modules.

Laboratory Safety Training Handouts

A new online option is available to complete Laboratory Safety. You can access by visiting our Environmental Health and Safety Pilot course. The Lab Safety Workspace website ( provides online training videos regarding lab safety. This online module contains an “Introduction to Laboratory Safety video” and contains a short quiz at the end. 

You will receive printable certificates upon course completion. These certificates from are evidence that the student or laboratory personnel demonstrate fundamental knowledge of lab safety best practices, and can use the site’s validation mechanism to confirm a certificate’s authenticity.


Marjorie Markopoulos ( 937-775-2797

Greg Merkle ( 937-775-2217


Occupational Safety & Health Administration Links (OSHA)

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory:  Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards provides guidance on planning procedures for the handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Prudent Practices provides information on assessing hazards, managing chemicals, disposing of wastes, nanotechnology, laboratory security, and emergency planning.

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". 

Laboratory Closeout/Decommissioning/Moves

Please refer to the following documents:

Hazardous Material Inventory

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


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

Waste Pick-up

Need to schedule a pickup? Click the button above to complete a waste pickup request. You may also contact Environmental Health and Safety via email or at 937-775-2215 if you have any questions.