In addition to the acid hazard posed by lead acid batteries, they also produce hydrogen gas when charging creating a possible explosion hazard. Therefore, the must be stored in a well ventilated area to prevent the room atmosphere from reaching an explosive hydrogen concentration.
Occupational Safety Manager
From my understanding:
It is also good to look at the standards interpretations in OSHA for additional information on the regulations.
Your hazardous communication program could mean you apply GHS/HMIS information to all chemicals so you will need to check there. What OSHA requires is not always what is written in organizational programs and you must follow your organizations program since it can be more restrictive than what OSHA requires. I have seen some programs written that require GHS labels and SDSs on all chemicals used in the laboratory.
Am sure you will hear from many others.
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I am new the the chemical hygiene officer job at a small college in TN. I recently rewrote our chemical hygiene plan, which was very outdated. Under our chemical hygiene plan, I am in charge of the waste and safety for engineering, nursing, chemistry, biology, our gross anatomy lab, art, physics, and physical plant. I think I'm starting to figure some things out, but I have some questions I was hoping you all could help with.
1) Our engineering department has a large number of lead-acid batteries. I am under the impression that they need to have an eyewash and a shower available for the labs in which they use these, as well as proper GHS/HMIS labels on the batteries themselves. Is this true or am I way off base?
2) Engineering also has a large number of wood glue, cutting oil, and WD-40 containers. Refrigerants and coolants are also out on the benches in these labs. Do these need GHS/HMIS labels or are they okay as is?
3) I know there's no formal CHO training, though I have taken the Lab Safety Institute's course. What other training would you suggest or know are required for handling hazardous waste, biohazard waste, and other CHO responsibilities at academic institutions? (If this is a dumb question, please give me some grace - I'm new at this!)
Kristen Mudrack, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: (423) 461-8907
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