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Laboratory Safety Manual

A. Introduction

The Iowa State University

Laboratory Safety Manual

is designed to

provide users with general health and safety information. Following

the guidance outlined in this manual will help prevent illness and

injury, while protecting the environment.


Laboratory Safety Manual

meets Occupational Safety and Health

Administration (OSHA) requirements for a Chemical Hygiene Plan as

specified in

29 CFR 1910.1450 ,

and outlines appropriate practices,

university policies, and other regulations that must be followed in

laboratories. The

Laboratory Safety Manual

is not intended to be

comprehensive but should supplement specific procedures developed

by the person(s) responsible for unique laboratory hazards.

Laboratory personnel must have access to this manual and other

health and safety documents, at all times. Contact Environmental

Health and Safety (EH&S) at (515) 294-5359 or email



questions regarding this manual.

Definition of Laboratory

At Iowa State University, a laboratory is defined as, but is not limited

to, any location where research or teaching is conducted using

hazardous chemicals, biohazardous, biological materials, radioactive

materials, and/or radiation producing devices.

A location used for teaching or research that contains physical hazards

may also be considered a laboratory, even if none of the materials

listed above are routinely used in the area. Examples include:

• electronics laboratory

• fabrication laboratory

• art studios

• laser laboratory

• magnetics laboratory

A storage room containing the above materials is considered a

laboratory if thematerials are stored in support of teaching or research.

The following areas are typically NOT considered laboratories

under the

Laboratory Safety Manual

; however, persons working in

these areas are required to follow all applicable health and safety


• shops, mechanical, and custodial areas under the control of

Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M)

• departmental storage rooms, offices, meeting rooms, and other