Some states (i.e., California, Oregon, Washington) have t heir own OSHA programs that have been delegated authority by fed OSHA to en force state occupational safety rules. If Arizona has such a progra m, then the feds must use the state program when conducting inspections ( except on Tribal land and at federal facilities).
Given OSHA's recen t announcements regarding highly visible enforcement of the hazard communic ation standard amongst others, it would be extremely prudent to review th e MSDS of the chemicals used in your labs and ensure that your lab personne l are complying with the manufacturer's instructions regarding the use of P PE.
The extremely unfortunate (and preventable) incident at UCLA in 2008 should be an adequate reminder to ALL of your lab personnel.
Re spectfully yours,
Paul Sonnenfeld, CPEA
I am curious to r eceive your interpretation on the topic of personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements regarding laboratory work environme nt since the OSHA lab standard supersedes other OSHA health standards in 29 CF R 1910, subpart Z. Regarding PPE use in labs, do lab employees ne ed to comply with both the OSHA PPE Standard and OSHA Lab Standard or only the OS HA Lab Standard?
The OSHA Lab Stan dard states=85
Where this sectio n applies, it shall supersede, for laboratories, the requirements of all other OSHA health standards in 29 C FR part 1910, subpart Z, except as follows:
For any OSHA heal th standard, only the requirement to limit employee exposure to the specific permissible exposure limit shall apply fo r laboratories, unless that particular standard states otherwise or unless the conditions of paragraph (a)(2)(iii) of this section apply.
Prohibition of ey e and skin contact where specified by any OSHA health standard shall be observed.
Manager, ASU Environmental Health & Safety
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