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PVAMU Laboratory Safety Manual
The following information is provided to assist Prairie View A&M University Departments in developing procedures to meet laboratory safety requirements to protect students, employees, and the environment. This program sets forth recommended minimum requirements that need to be followed to maximize the safety of all workers.
Training lab personnel on the proper handling of hazardous chemicals and hazardous waste doesn’t have to be time-consuming. This type of training, however, is an annual requirement of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This type of training can take the form of classroom training, web-based training and even on-the job training.
These training requirements vary according to whether the school is considered a Large Quantity Generator (LQG), Small Quantity Generator (SQG) or Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG). In addition, OSHA requires that laboratory personnel receive health and safety-related training specific to their responsibilities and to the hazards to which they may be exposed (29 CFR 1910.1450).
The ability of personnel to manage hazardous waste can have a lot to do with the quality and quantity of the training that they receive. An effective training program does not have to consume a great deal of time, but it does need to be comprehensive enough to cover the topics required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Although RCRA training is typically up to the central environmental, health and safety (EH&S) of a college or university, this responsibility may fall on the individual departments at some schools.
Whether or not RCRA personnel training requirements apply to your department depends on the quantity of hazardous wastes generated per month at your college or university. Many organizations will combine different EH&S training sessions to minimize the amount of time employees are "away" from their job responsibilities..
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