At our in stitution, the Histology lab meets the definition and scope under 1910.1450
-Stefan Wawzyniecki, CIH p>
191.1450 Occupational exposure to hazardo us chemicals in
(a) Scope and applicat ion. (1) This section shall apply to all
employers engaged in the laboratory use of haza rdous chemicals as
defi ned below.
(2) Where the s ection applies it shall supersede, for laboratories,
the requirements of all other OSHA health stand ards in 29 CFR
part 1910, subpart Z, except as follows:
(i) For any OSHA health standard, only the requirement to limit
employee exposure to the specif ic permissible exposure limit shall
apply for laboratories, unless that particular standard states
otherwise or unless the co nditions of paragraph (a)(2)(iii) of this
497D'>(ii) Prohibition of eye and skin contact where specified by any
OSHA health standard shall be observed.
(iii) Where the action level (or in the absence of action level, the
permissible exposure limit) is routinely exceed ed for an OSHA
regulated substance with exposure monitoring and medical
surveillance requirements, paragraphs (d0 and (g)(1)( ii) of this
section shall apply.
(3) This section s hall not apply to:
(i) Use s of hazardous chemicals which do not meet the
definition of laboratory use, and in such cases, the employer shall
comply wit h the relevant standard in 29 CFR part 1910, subpart 2, < /p>
even if such occurs in a laboratory.
(ii) Laboratory uses of hazardous chemicals which provide no
(A) Procedures using chemically-impregnat ed test media such
as D ip-and-Read tests where a reagent strip is dipped into the
specimen to be tested and the results are interpreted by comparing
the color chart supplied by the manufacturer of the test strip; and
(B) Commercially prepared kits s uch as those used in
perf orming pregnancy tests in which all of the reagents needed to span>
conduct the test are contained in the ki
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I a m currently working with a histology laboratory on their safety procedures. I am looking for other opinions on whether the OSHA Laboratory Standard ap plies to a histology laboratory?
Craig Calvert, PhD, NRCC-CHO
Fuss & O'Neill EnviroScience, LLC | 146 Hartford Road | Manchester, CT 06040
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