Laboratory Safety Manual

7 Laboratory Safety Manual Environmental Health and Safety A Introduction The Iowa State University (ISU) 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. The 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 EH&S at ehsinfo@iastate. edu with 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 • laser laboratory • fabrication laboratory • magnetics laboratory • art studios A storage room containing the above materials is considered a laboratory if the materials 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 regulations: • shops, mechanical, and custodial areas under the control of Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) • departmental storage rooms, offices, meeting rooms, and other ancillary spaces • computer use areas containing multiple workstations, even if teaching and research is occurring, unless located inside a space that meets the definition of a laboratory • private offices, unless contiguous with or in a space that meets the definition of a laboratory