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VII. Employee Information and Training

A.    General Requirements

The employer shall provide employees with information and training to ensure that they are apprised of the hazards of chemicals present in their work area. Such information 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.

1.    Employee Information

a.  The contents of 29CFR 1910.1450 “OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS IN LABORATORIES” and its appendices shall be made available to employees.

b.  The location and availability of the employer’s Chemical Hygiene Plan.

c.  The permissible exposure limits for OSHA regulated substances or recommended exposure limits for other hazardous chemicals where there is no applicable OSHA standard.

d.  Signs and symptoms associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory

e.  The location and availability of known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals found in the laboratory including, but not limited to, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) received from the manufacturer.


2.   Training

1.    Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the PI/supervisor to provide training on laboratory-specific hazards such as special equipment used in the lab or particularly hazardous substances. This training should include specific equipment, chemicals, etc. for which laboratory-specific SOPs have been developed (see Section II, B). Having employees read SOPs and sign a statement that they have read and understand these SOPs, and covering the topics listed below should be part of this training.

It is the responsibility of the PI/supervisor to recognize when training is needed for his/her employees and to arrange for such training. For information on individual personnel to contact for specific safety and health required training, see Appendix I. Contact RS for information and scheduling for any other safety and health training needed in your area.

2.    Topics: The training each employee receives shall include all of the following, as they apply to their work area.

a.   Hazard Detection: Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical (such as monitoring conducted by the employer, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.)

b.   Chemical Hazards: The physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area

c.   Employee Protection: The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards, including specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as appropriate work practices, emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used.

d.   Emergency and Personal Protection Procedures: Every laboratory worker should know the location and proper use of available protective apparel and equipment. Personnel of the laboratory should be trained in the proper use of emergency equipment and procedures.

e.   Personnel Protection: Personnel who receive, deliver, operate stockrooms or storerooms of hazardous materials/chemicals must be trained in the hazards, handling equipment, protective apparel, and relevant regulations pertaining to hazardous materials.


3.   Frequency of Training: Training must initiate 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 training and education program should be a regular, continuing activity--not simply an annual presentation.


4.   Literature/Consultation: Literature and consulting advice concerning chemical hygiene should be readily available to laboratory personnel, who should be encouraged to use these information resources. (See Appendix I "TRAINING AIDS AND INFORMATION RESOURCES").


B.   Laboratory Specific Training Requirements

Place specific laboratory training requirements here. (See Appendix I)