1st Edition

Chemical Safety in the Laboratory

By Stephen K. Hall Copyright 1994

    Nothing is more important to an organization than the health and safety of its workers. The managerial effectiveness of any health and safety program is judged on the basis of how well it prevents injuries and ill health. Chemical Safety in the Laboratory provides a proven approach to implementing and maintaining an effective chemical safety program for laboratories in hospital, industrial, and educational settings. Based on 20 years of experience managing and auditing chemical safety programs, the author discusses the OSHA Laboratory Standard and the Chemical Hygiene Plan, provides guidelines for the effective use of personal protective equipment, and details chemical emergency planning and response procedures. He also outlines a 19-step decontamination procedure for emergency responders. Employee chemical exposure monitoring and victim handling procedures are among the other major topics covered in this essential guide.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act
    The OSHA Laboratory Standard
    Employer's Responsibilities
    The Chemical Hygiene Plan
    General Safety Practices
    Personal Protection Equipment
    Identification of Hazardous Chemicals
    Chemical Handling Procedures
    Storage of Chemicals
    Laboratory Ventilation
    Employee Chemical Exposure Monitoring
    Medical Examination and Consultation
    Chemical Emergency Planning
    Chemical Emergency Response Procedures
    Decontamination of Emergency Responders
    Victim Handling Procedures
    Laboratory Waste Management
    Employee Training
    Record Keeping
    States with OSHA-Approved Plans
    The OSHA Laboratory Standard
    EPA Levels of Protection
    Vapor Suppression Foams
    EPA-Listed RCRA Hazardous Wastes
    Incompatible Chemicals in Storage and in Reactions


    Stephen K. Hall