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Employee Information and Training

Information: Each laboratory supervisor, instructor or research adviser is responsible for ensuring that the following information is communicated and made available to their employees:

  1. the contents of the OSHA Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) and its appendices. (Attachment 1).
  2. the location and availability of the department's CHP.
  3. the permissible exposure limits for OSHA-regulated substances (or recommended exposure limits for other hazardous chemicals where there is no applicable OSHA standard) used in the work area.
  4. signs and symptoms associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory.
  5. location and availability of known reference materials on the hazards, safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals. Reference materials may include, but not be limited to, material safety data sheets received from chemical suppliers.

Training: Each laboratory supervisor, instructor or research adviser is responsible for ensuring that laboratory employees receive adequate training. This training should include the following:

  1. methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical (such as employee exposure monitoring, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.).
  2. physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area.
  3. measures employees can take to protect themselves from such hazards, including specific procedures that have been implemented to protect laboratory employees from exposure to hazard chemicals. These include appropriate work practices, emergency response procedures and personal protective equipment to be used.
  4. applicable details of the CHP.

Information and training shall be provided at the time of an employee's initial assignment to a work area where hazardous chemicals are present and prior to assignments involving new exposure situations. The individual laboratory supervisor, instructor or research adviser may determine the frequency of refresher information and training.

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