Chemical Hygiene PlanRevised: April, 2000
The OSHA Laboratory Standard requires provisions for additional employee (and student) protection for work with particularly hazardous substances including select carcinogens and reproductive toxins. Provisions suggested include:
- establishment of a designated area for use
- use of containment devices such as a fume hood
- decontamination procedures
Carcinogens may not be used in laboratories where a fume hood is not available. If carcinogens are being used in a laboratory with a functioning fume hood the following must be done:
- Label carcinogens and area appropriately.
- Inform all employees and students of the nature of the hazard and required work procedures.
- Designate the fume hood as the area in which the carcinogen is used.
- Make sure the fume hood functions properly and employees and students know how to correctly use a fume hood.
- Make sure goggles, gloves and lab aprons are used when handling carcinogens.