Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) is legally and ethically required to provide a safe working environment for all its employees and students under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is ‘free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.’ Since Florida Tech employs workers engaged in the use of hazardous chemicals, Florida Tech will comply with the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard: "29 CFR§1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories." This standard is commonly referred to as "the Laboratory Standard." It was developed to provide increased protection to laboratory employees beyond that which is provided in the General Industry Standards (29 CFR§1910). ‘The Laboratory Standard’ is also a "performance oriented standard." This means OSHA establishes the minimum requirements, but the methods for achieving these requirements are left up to the employer. The backbone of ‘the Laboratory Standard’ is its requirement for employers to develop and carry out the provisions of a written Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP), which requires development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for work with hazardous chemicals in laboratories/shops.
Hazardous chemicals, and products containing hazardous chemicals, are used at all Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) locations. To protect the safety and health of employees that may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal conditions, or in foreseeable emergencies, Florida Tech will comply with 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 1910.1200: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).
To ensure safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's HCS requires the development and dissemination of such information: All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
Florida Tech’s Hazard Communication Plan requires personnel to provide information to employees regarding hazardous chemicals in the workplace and the hazardous properties of those chemicals. The information must be conveyed through a combination of a written hazard communication plan, hazardous chemical inventories, container labeling, safety data sheets, and employee training. This document constitutes Florida Tech’s written Hazard Communication Plan, and it applies to all operating units (Divisions, Departments, Agencies and/or Offices) on campus and off-site locations. Florida Tech Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for the development, implementation and periodic review of this plan.
The fume hood is often the primary control device for protecting laboratory workers when working with flammable and/or toxic chemicals. OSHA’s Laboratory standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) requires that fume hoods be maintained and function properly when used.
Before using a fume hood:
When using a fume hood: