Academic Laboratory and Art Studio Safety

Protection from the chemical hazards encountered in Academic Laboratories, Art Studios and Performing Arts activities are governed by the OSHA Lab Standard codified in 29 CFR 1910.1450. In the New York State Public Sector, this regulation is enforce by PESH (Public Employee Safety and Health Administration). This regulation allows the institution to write their own requirement for chemical use and safety - within bounds of course - providing the flexibility necessary for activities in these areas.

Physical hazards that may be encountered in Laboratories, Art Studios and Performing Arts activities remain subject to the specific OSHA regulations for protection from those hazards such as ladders (29 CFR 1910.25), electrical safety (29 CFR 1910.33) and Hearing Protection (29 CFR 1910.95) to name a few.

The requirements for chemical use and hazard protection are contained in the document Academic Arts and Sciences Safety at the State University of New York at Geneseo. 

Certain chemicals, some of which are mutagens, carcinogens or teratogens are capable of interfering with the development of an embryo and fetus that may lead to birth defects or developmental malformations.  If there is a chance you could be pregnant, you are advised to talk with your instructor.  Please see Student Pregnancy Advisory Form.

All of the departments above provide safety training based on the academic curriculum.  The Chemistry Department has devoted several webpages for training of safety in academic teaching labs and hazardous waste management.   

Section 1:

1.1 Introduction
1.2 OSHA Laboratory Standard Authority and PESH Integration
1.3 Roles and Responsibilities

Section 2: Model and Departmental Chemical Safety Plans

Department of _______________ Chemical Safety Plan

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Scope and Application
2.3 Roles and Responsibilities
2.4 Chemical and Hazard Identification
2.5 Standard Operating Procedures
2.6 Controlling Chemical Exposure
2.7 Fume Hood Performance Evaluation
2.8 Information and Training
2.9 Prior Approval for Laboratory Procedures
2.10 Medical Examinations and Consultations
2.11 Particularly Hazardous Substances
2.12 Laboratory Inspections and Audits
2.13 Building Equipment
2.14 For More Information

Supporting Information