This webinar will cover the most important aspects of an effective lab safety program.  The program opens with a brief review of major elements of the OSHA Lab and Hazard Communication Standards distilled down to the essentials and conveyed in concise and easily understood terms.   Following the OSHA standards the course moves into the main topic of safely dealing with chemicals. Everything from developing a beginning inventory to storage, waste collection and disposal is addressed.  The program continues with a short section on general lab safety equipment and facility infrastructure and closes with a discussion on conducting self-inspections and safety audits.

As an attendee, you will learn more about:

OSHA Lab and Hazard Communication Standards

  • Chemical Hygiene Plan and CHO, duties and responsibilities
  • Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)
  • Training – lab hazards present, proper PPE

Dealing with Chemicals

  • Creating and managing material inventory
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Chemical compatibility and segregation
  • General storage tips
  • Flammable storage
  • Waste collection and disposal

General Lab Safety Equipment and Facilities

  • Using chemical fume hoods properly
  • Eye wash and safety showers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Specialized equipment

Final section: Lab Safety Self Audit

  • Regular safety inspections
  • Document deficiencies
  • Corrective action follow-up


Vince McLeod is an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist and the senior IH with EFI Global – Orlando and Ascend Environmental and Health Hygiene. Mr. McLeod has more than 35 years’ experience in industrial hygiene and environmental engineering services, including 28 years with the University of Florida’s Environmental Health & Safety Division.