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Course 757 Certificate
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Modules: 9
Hours: 4
Sector: General Industry, Healthcare

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Course 757 Laboratory Safety

Key Topics

  • Laboratory-Related OSHA Standards
  • Hazard Communication
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Electrical Safety
  • Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) Duties and Responsibilities
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
  • Controlling Laboratory Hazards
  • Specific Laboratory Chemical Hazards
  • Safety Hazards
  • Specific Laboratory Biological Hazards
  • Physical Hazards
  • Best Practices When Operating Equipment
  • Preventing Fires

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Course Introduction

Course Introduction
The laboratory environment can be a hazardous place to work.

More than 500,000 workers are employed in laboratories in the U.S. The laboratory environment can be a hazardous place to work. Laboratory workers are exposed to numerous potential hazards, including chemical, biological, physical and radioactive hazards, as well as musculoskeletal stresses.

Laboratory safety is governed by numerous local, state and federal regulations. Over the years, OSHA has created rules and published guidelines to make laboratories increasingly safe for personnel. This document is intended for supervisors, principal investigators and managers who have the primary responsibility for maintaining laboratories under their supervision as safe, healthy places to work and for ensuring that applicable health, safety and environmental regulations are followed. Worker guidance in the form of Fact Sheets and QuickCards™ is also provided for certain hazards that may be encountered in laboratories. There are several primary OSHA standards that apply to laboratories and these are discussed below. There are also other OSHA standards that apply to various aspects of laboratory activities and these are referenced in this course.

The Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) was created specifically for non-production laboratories. For those hazards that are not covered by a specific OSHA standard, OSHA often provides guidance on protecting workers from these hazards.

This course is designed to help make employers aware of the OSHA standards as well as OSHA guidance that is available to protect workers from the diverse hazards encountered in laboratories.

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Course 757 Final Exam

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1. OSHA 3404-11R, Laboratory Safety Guidance, OSHA, (2011).

2. OSHA Fact Sheet 3464, Laboratory Safety - OSHA Laboratory Standard, OSHA, (2011).

3. OSHA Fact Sheet 3461, Laboratory Safety - Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP), OSHA, (2011).

4. OSHA Fact Sheet 3463, Laboratory Safety - Noise, OSHA (2011).

5. OSHA Fact Sheet 3462, Laboratory Safety - Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, OSHA, (2011).

6. OSHA Quick Facts 3405, Laboratory Safety - Autoclaves/Sterilizers, OSHA, (2011).

7. OSHA Quick Facts 3406, Laboratory Safety - Centrifuges, OSHA, (2011).

8. OSHA Quick Facts 3408, Laboratory Safety - Cryogens and Dry Ice, OSHA, (2011).

9. OSHA Fact Sheet 3462, Laboratory Safety - Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, OSHA, (2011).

10. OSHA Quick Facts 3407, Laboratory Safety - Chemical Fume Hoods, OSHA, (2011).

11. OSHA Quick Facts 3409, Laboratory Safety – Electrical Hazards, OSHA, (2011).

12. OSHA Fact Sheet 3462, Laboratory Safety - Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, OSHA, (2011).

13. OSHA Quick Facts 3410, Laboratory Safety - Labeling and Transfer of Chemicals, OSHA, (2011).

14. OSHA Quick Facts 3410, Laboratory Safety - Latex Allergy, OSHA, (2011).

15. OSHA Fact Sheet 3462, Laboratory Safety - Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, OSHA, (2011).

16. OSHA Quick Facts 3412, Laboratory Safety - Working with Small Animals, OSHA, (2011).

17. 29 CFR 1910 Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances, OSHA, (2011).

18. NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, CDC.

19. Science Reference Guides, Library of Congress.

Additional Resources

  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics – Laboratories, OSHA
  • OSHA’s Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program, OSHA
  • Laboratory Safety at CDC, The Centers for Disease Control
  • AIHA Laboratory Health and Safety Committee
  • Biosafety Publications and FormsThe Centers for Disease Control
  • Video: CDC Laboratories – A Key Line of Defense
  • Video: Zombie College: The 5 Rules of Lab Safety
  • Video: General Laboratory Safety
  • Video: Safety Elements in Medical Laboratory Practice
  • Video: General Laboratory Safety - Instructions
  • CDC A-Z Index of Terms