Lab Safety

OSHA Lab Standard

The OSHA Lab Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) requires each employer to develop a comprehensive Chemical Hygiene Plan in order to implement safe laboratory practices and to minimize exposure to hazardous and toxic chemicals. An OEHS employee has been designated as Tulane’s Chemical Hygiene Officer. Laboratory supervisors play an important role in implementing Tulane's Chemical Hygiene Plan. Some of their duties include:

  • Developing and implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for their laboratories
  • Informing employees about the OSHA Lab Standard and Tulane’s Chemical Hygiene Plan and ensuring that laboratory personnel comply with the Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Providing safety training on lab SOPs to employees and documenting the training
  • Determining and providing appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing
  • Performing formal (documented) inspections of their area and reporting unsafe conditions
  • Notifying the OEHS if exposure monitoring or medical consultations due to chemical exposure are needed
  • Obtaining approval from the OEHS prior to work with certain high risk substances (select agents, carcinogens, explosives, reproductive toxins, acutely toxic substances, etc.)