The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has promulgated rules and published guidance to make laboratories increasingly safe for personnel. There are several primary OSHA standards that apply to laboratories as well as other OSHA standards that apply to various aspects of laboratory activities.
Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling for Hazard Communication
The GHS is a system for classification and labeling of chemicals. It’s main goals are to:
- Define health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;
- Create classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison; and
- Communicate hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
The Lab Standard
The Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) was created specifically for teaching and research labs.