OSHA Hazard Communication and Chemical Hygiene

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Author: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed;
Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)

This course covers the OSHA Chemical Hygiene Standard and helps satisfy OSHA requirements for annual training. Terry Jo Gile covers Haz-Com, the NFPA diamond, and SDS, and explains common sense laboratory safety rules applied to clinical laboratory practice. Appropriate for annual laboratory compliance training and for clinical laboratory science students prior to clinical rotations.

Continuing Education Credits


  • Explain the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Hazard Communications Standard as it relates to healthcare areas where hazardous chemicals are handled and/or stored.
  • Explain labels and coding systems that alert users to chemical hazards.
  • Explain each section of a safety data sheet (SDS).
  • Identify basic laboratory common sense rules that apply to chemical handling.

Course Outline

  • Chemicals -- Past and Present
    • Introduction
      • Introduction
    • Chemicals
      • Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
      • Regulation of Chemical Hazards in the Laboratory
      • Where would you find an evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of all chemicals used in the laboratory?
    • Responsibility
      • Employer Responsibility
      • Your Responsibility
  • Labeling Systems
      • Globally Harmonized System for Labeling of Chemicals
      • Hazard Labels: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
      • Other Labeling Systems
      • Labeling Secondary Containers
      • What hazard is indicated by the pictogram on the right?
  • Safety Data Sheets
    • Right to Know
      • Right to Know
      • Be Prepared
      • Sections
    • Sections
      • SDS Example
      • Section One
      • Sections Two and Three
      • Section Four
      • Section Five
      • Section Six
      • Section Seven
      • Section Eight
      • Sections Nine and Ten
      • Section Eleven
      • Sections Twelve and Thirteen
      • Sections Fourteen and Fifteen
      • Section Sixteen
      • If you accidentally splash a reagent that contains a hazardous chemical on your skin, where could you quickly obtain information regarding the hazards...
  • Lab Safety Precautions
    • General
      • General Laboratory Precautions
      • Ingestion Prevention
      • Management of Spill & Disposal
      • Wash Your Hands!
      • Personal Protective Equipment
      • Eyewash Stations
      • Eyewash Station Requirements
      • Chemical Storage
      • Reducing the Risk of Fires Involving Chemicals
      • Monitoring Exposure
      • If you splash a chemical in your eyes, what is the MINIMUM length of time that you should rinse your eyes in tepid water at the eyewash station?
    • Common Sense
      • Common Sense Rules
      • Common Sense Rules, continued
      • Keep It Safe!
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic

Intended Audience: Health care personnel and other professional personnel whose occupations involve the potential of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Author Information: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years experience as a certified medical technologist. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For 20 years she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as the Safety Officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System. Terry Jo headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.
Reviewer Information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.

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