OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyWhen there is a change.
Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Bloodborne Pathogens Training:Required for employees that may be occupationally exposed to blood or potentially infectious materials. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyWhen there is a change.
Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):
Electrical OSHA Regulation: 1910.332
When OSHA Requires Electrical Training:When an employee faces the risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by engineering controls. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyNone specified.
Downloadable Electrical Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):
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Lab Technician Safety Tips
Some reactions possible in a lab are too volatile for even the best facemasks to protect you from. In the event of a surprising chemical reaction, it’s best to be in a room that’s well ventilated and have a chemical fume hood that will circulate fresh air and prevent toxic compounds from being inhaled.
Governments, research organizations, and the medical industry all have a complex network of scientific laboratories working around the clock on research and development. These labs investigate findings in chemistry and biology to further our understanding of specific compounds in the two subjects and make important new discoveries that have huge impacts on medicine and academia. It’s an important job that could involve anything from the hunt to cure cancer to answering questions about a particular species of insect, and the variety of chemicals and equipment that are required to be a technician in such a lab pose a threat to general safety. Beyond knowing how to operate the lab equipment effectively, lab technicians must keep in mind some basic tips for safety that will keep them and their lab partners out of harm’s way.
- Always wear the approved safety goggles while in the lab, harmful fumes that can sting or damage the eyes may occur at any tie.
- Keep the lab as organized and clean as possible.
- Have proper gloves for whatever material you are handling.
- Wear a lab coat at all times to protect your clothing and any exposed skin from potentially hazardous chemicals.
- Never run in the lab.
- Don’t let debris or clutter get in the way of hallways or emergency exits.
- Make sure you communicate effectively with your lab partners. Make them aware of what you are working on, and keep an eye out for them when transporting any hazardous materials.
- Learn how to properly handle and store each and every chemical you come into contact with.
- Make sure all potentially harmful chemicals are properly labeled.
- Keep information sheets with facts about the chemicals present handy for quick reference if there are any questions.
- Never use one chemical in place of another, even if you believe them to be similar. Always follow instructions with chemicals to the letter.
- Make sure you have access to a proper sink controlled by either the foot or elbow to quickly wash away chemicals that get spilled on the skin.
- Wear gloves any time you are interacting with bodily fluids, sharps, or biohazardous compounds.
- Keep these disposed items properly labeled and separate from other items in the lab.
- If working directly with infectious agents, follow all specific guidelines and keep them stored in incubator or refrigerator.
- Open flames can be common in laboratories, keep any excess flammable material away from Bunsen burners. Counter spaces where these burners are being used should be completely cleared and cleaned.
- Know exactly what to do and where to go in the event a large fire breaks out.
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