Laboratory Safety OSHA Laboratory Standard
OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard
(29 CFR 1910.1450), referred to as the Laboratory standard, covers laboratories
where chemical manipulation generally involves small amounts of a limited variety
of chemicals. This standard applies to all hazardous chemicals meeting the
definition of “laboratory use” and having the potential for worker exposure.
Hazardous chemicals present physical and/or health threats to workers in clinical, industrial, and academic laboratories. Hazardous laboratory chemicals include cancer causing agents (carcinogens), toxins that may affect the liver, kidney, or nervous system, irritants, corrosives, and sensitizers, as well as agents that act on the blood system or damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes. OSHA rules limit all industry exposures to approximately 400 substances.
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