Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 20:21:37 EDT
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Subject: Re: Realm of Duties for a University CHO

Mary wrote:
If you look at the definition of a lab, the making of art simply doesn=E2=80 =99t meet the definition. 
What is the definition?  We need to refer to the standard itself and not the conversation that's been going on here.
<< Laboratory means a facility where the "laboratory use of hazardous chemicals" occurs. It is a workplace where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-produ ction basis.

Laboratory scale means work with substances in which the containers used for reactions, transfers, and other handling of substances are designed to be easily and safety manipulated by one person. "Laboratory scale" excludes those workplaces whose function is to produce commercial quantities of materials.

Laboratory use of hazard ous chemicals means handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:

(i) Chemical manipulations are carri ed out on a "laboratory scale;"

(ii) Multiple chemical procedures or chem icals are used;

(iii) The procedures involved are not part of a producti on process, nor in any way simulate a production process; and

(iv) "Protective laboratory practices and equipment" are available and in commo n use to minimize the potential for employee exposure to hazardous chemicals. >>
Each organization needs to do an evaluation to decide whether their workplaces (art, science, vocation) meet the definition.
My opinion is that both art and vocation workplaces can easily satisf y all the OSHA list requirement to be considered a laboratory and be regulated under the lab standard.
James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Chair, ICASE Committee on Safety in Science Education
International Council for Associations of Science


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