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Preventing Contamination in the Laboratory Online Training Course

Course Overview

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Preventing Contamination in the Laboratory is an online training course that will introduce lab workers to the basic OSHA-approved methods for limiting contamination of corrosive, carcinogenic, and toxic materials.  Topics covered include contamination, prevention, safe work practices, OSHA approved PPE, and more.

Learning Objectives

 After successful completion of this OSHA compliant course, the student will be able to:

  • Use engineering controls and OSHA approved work practices to limit exposure to contaminants.
  • Understand the importance of proper lab gear. 
  • Select proper PPE for dealing with situations where there is potential for exposure.
  • Follow Emergency Procedures that are in line with OSHA standards.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • OSHA regulations created to deal with contamination in a lab. 
    • The importance of an Emergency Plan that follows OSHA standards addressing toxic spills.
    • Working with an internal Emergency Response Team.
  • Prevention
    • Exposure Control Plans and how they help facilities limit exposure to contaminants.
    • Standard Precautions that should be included in and Exposure Control Plan.
    • The importance of biohazard “labeling”.
    • Using the proper PPE when in possible exposure situations such as utility gloves, masks, and eye shields.
    • How to use cleanup kits effectively.
    • Using a respirator in the event of hazardous vapors.
    • Responses in the event of an eye splash, including how to use an eye wash station.
    • The proper steps for evacuation of a lab.
    • Actions that must be done immediately to handle a chemical spill.
    • Using a Material Safety Data Sheet to properly work with various substances.
    • Steps to follow in the event of a chemical spill.
    • How to properly use a safety shower.
    • What to do with “waste” water from showers and eye stations.
    • Clothing that needs to be disposed of properly after exposure to hazards.
    • Using portable eye wash stations.
    • Small Eye wash bottles in extreme emergencies.
    • How to avoid further contamination.

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