Webinars: Surviving OSHA Inspections

Surviving OSHA Inspections

Join Lab Manager and our safety expert as we discuss how to survive laboratory OSHA inspections

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This webinar will cover how to get ready for a lab safety inspection. The program will focus on the most important areas scrutinized by inspectors. The regulatory requirements contained in the OSHA Lab Standard and Hazard Communication Standard will be touched on for completeness. Participants will learn to think like an inspector and see what they see. It will walk you through a virtual inspection beginning with the opening conference and ending with the exit interviews.

Before Any Inspection Do Your Homework: OSHA Lab and Hazard Communication Standards

  • Chemical Hygiene Plan and CHO duties and responsibilities
  • Chemical inventory
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)
  • Training: lab hazards present, proper PPE

See the Big Picture - General Lab Safety Equipment and Facilities

  • Proper use of chemical fume hoods
  • Eye wash and safety showers
  • Fire safety: extinguishers, sprinklers, flammables
  • Electrical safety: circuit breakers, GFCI, extension cords etc.
  • Specialized equipment
  • Spill kits and first aid kits

Protect Your People – PPE

  • Basic PPE for any lab
  • What special PPE is needed? Respirators, hearing protection etc.
  • Have job or process hazard analyses been done?
  • Is your housekeeping in order?

Safe Storage and Use of Hazardous Materials

  • Chemical compatibility and segregation
  • Storage tips for general chemicals and high hazard materials
  • Flammable storage
  • Compressed gases
  • Waste collection and disposal

Special Considerations

  • DEA controlled substances
  • Homeland Security select agents
  • Biological materials and blood-borne pathogens
  • Radioactive materials

Now What?

  • How to handle the exit interview
  • Performing regular in-house safety inspections
  • Documentation and record-keeping
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