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Information and Training

The supervisors will provide employees with information and training to ensure that they are apprised of the hazards of chemicals present in their work area. Such information will be provided at the time of an employee's initial assignment to a work area where hazardous chemicals are present and prior to assignments involving new exposure situations. The frequency of refresher information and training shall be determined by each BU.

The training program will consist of two parts: 1) introduction to the standard and to generic information which are not specific for the task will be provided through Virtual Training Assistance (VTA) for example, Requirements of the HCS and occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories standard, Location /availability of written program, and 2) job specific training, including the non-routine tasks and chemicals in unlabeled pipes will be provided by the supervisor.

Employee must be informed of:

  • Operations in work area where there are hazardous chemicals;
  • The permissible exposure limits for OSHA regulated substances or recommended exposure limits for other hazardous chemicals where there is no applicable OSHA standard;
  • Signs and symptoms associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory; and
  • The location and availability of known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals found in the laboratory including, but not limited to, Material Safety Data Sheets received from the chemical supplier.

Employees must be trained in:

  • Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical (such as monitoring, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.);
  • The physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area; and
  • The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards, including specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as appropriate work practices, proper use of emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used.

Applicable details of the hazard communication/chemical hygiene program such as standard operating procedures for using chemicals.
When an employee is to perform a non-routine task presenting hazards for which he or she has not already been trained, the employee's supervisor will be responsible for discussing with the employee the hazards of the task and any special measures (e.g., personal protective equipment or engineering controls) that should be used to protect the employee.



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