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Laboratory Safety & Health

Learn best practices to minimize personal injury, health impairment, property loss, regulatory fines, and liability in your laboratory.

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About the Course

Learn best practices to minimize personal injury, health impairment, property loss, regulatory fines, and liability in your laboratory. You’ll receive an overview of the practical and latest regulatory measures for the prevention of accidents, incidents, or exposures that may cause health impairment, injury, fire, or interfere with your laboratory operations.

Key topics include:

  • Regulations that pertain to laboratories,
  • Safe handling and storage of chemicals,
  • Laboratory Safety Management, focusing on leading indicators rather than trailing indicators or “just complying” with the law.

Many attendees report that this course has improved the recognition of their valuable safety and health responsibilities with their peers and management. 

Special Notes:

Registrants are invited to bring case histories, problem descriptions, and safety program material for evaluation and discussion.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand which regulation is more applicable to the attendee’s worksite: Lab Standard or Hazard Communication
  • Understand how to prevent lab accidents
  • Understand how to handle a bad situation, if one occurs
  • Understand the effectiveness and limitations of: elimination of hazards, engineering controls, administrative controls, and lastly personal protective equipment
  • Do you ZAP (invigorate) your Safety and Health Program or do you SAP it (drain the energy)?    

Who Should Attend

Laboratory and pilot plant employees responsible for safety and health issues (e.g., lab managers, lab supervisors, scientists or technical assistants). 

Full- or part-time Chemical Hygiene Officers (CHOs), Safety/Health/Industrial Hygiene Professionals or Coordinators, Hazard Assessment or Audit Team Leaders, Trainers and those who are accountable for similar lab safety and health activities.

Course Outline

  • Major Topics

    • Accident Causation and Control Measures
    • Health Hazards of Chemicals and Workplace Exposure Limits (Toxicology 101)
    • The Laboratory Standard vs. Hazard Communication Standard: Developing and Auditing Chemical Hygiene Plans (CHP) – roles of CHO, CEO, lab management and employees; prudent practices; communicating hazard information; SDSs; SOPs; Labeling; GHS, etc.
    • Personal Protective Equipment: Respiratory System, Eyes and Face, Skin, Feet, Hands, and Head.
    • OSHA Update Covering the Latest Regulations, Related Codes, Record Keeping, and Compliance Concerns.
    • Handling and Storage of Chemicals (flammables, corrosives, oxidizers, peroxides).
    • Laboratory Ventilation – effective use and performance of laboratory chemical hoods and local exhaust systems.
    • Safe Handling of Compressed Gases
    • Electrical Safety and Controlling Hazardous Energy (Lock Out / Tag Out).
    • Laboratory Training Requirements – effective training.
    • Emergency Procedures for Fires, Spills, and Chemical Splashes (fire extinguishers, safety showers and eye washes).
    • Management of Safety & Health Programs – personal responsibility, organizational values, changing poor behavior, hazard assessments, and performance measures and quality issues.

Dates, Locations, and Prices

Five for four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. The free registration will be the course of the lowest price. Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered. 

About the Instructor(s)

Roger R. Conrad

Retired – Senior Principal Safety Specialist, Retired – Air Products & Chemicals, Inc

Roger Conrad, CSP, CCHO, served as Senior Principal Safety Specialist for 37 years with Air Products & Chemicals. In that capacity, he provided laboratory safety training and conducted safety audits internationally.

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