Creating an Effective Lab Safety Program

Live Air Date: Wed, Feb 7, 2018 12:00 PM EST{LOCAL_TZ}

Event Overview

This webinar will cover the most important aspects of an effective lab safety program.  The program opens with a brief review of major elements of the OSHA Lab and Hazard Communication Standards distilled down to the essentials and conveyed in concise and easily understood terms.   Following the OSHA standards, the course moves into the main topic of safely dealing with chemicals. Everything from developing a beginning inventory to storage, waste collection and disposal is addressed.  The program continues with a short section on general lab safety equipment and facility infrastructure and closes with a discussion on conducting self-inspections and safety audits.
In this webinar the following topics will be covered:

OSHA Lab and Hazard Communication standards -
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan and CHO, duties and responsibilities
  • Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)
  • Training – lab hazards present, proper PPE
Dealing with chemicals:
  • Creating and managing material inventory
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Chemical Compatibility and segregation
  • General storage tips
  • Flammable storage
  • Waste collection and disposal
General Lab Safety Equipment and Facilities
  • Using chemical fume hoods properly
  • Eye wash and safety showers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Specialized equipment
Final section: Lab Safety Self Audit
  • Regular safety inspections
  • Document deficiencies
  • Corrective action follow-up


Vince McLeod
Industrial Hygenist & Senior IH
Ascend Environmental

Vince McLeod is an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist and the senior IH with EFI Global – Orlando and Ascend Environmental and Health Hygiene. Mr. McLeod has more than 35 years’ experience in industrial hygiene and environmental engineering services, including 28 years with the University of Florida’s Environmental Health & Safety Division.  Current areas of practice focus on developing and implementing comprehensive industrial hygiene programs in Indoor Air Quality, Process Safety, Exposure Assessments, Hazard Evaluation, Respiratory Protection, Confined Space Entry and Hearing Conservation among others.  Mr. McLeod’s primary strength is conducting exposure assessments and hazard evaluations. Mr. McLeod’s consulting project experience includes comprehensive IH assessments for municipalities, universities, power generation utilities, manufacturing, production and distribution facilities.  He is a contributing columnist and Webinar presenter for Lab X Media Group.

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