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Introduction

This chapter fulfills requirements for written information under the Washington State Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (WAC 296-62-400), also known at the Lab Safety Standard. The intent of this chapter is to inform lab staff of procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment, and work practices designed to protect them from physical and health hazards of chemicals used in the labs.

This chapter is required reading for all Fred Hutch staff working in laboratories.

Section 12, Chemical Hazard Classes and Special Instructions, includes handling, storage, disposal, and emergency procedures for certain chemicals and chemical classes. See Chapter VI, Hazardous Waste Directory for proper disposal procedures.

EH&S Assistance

Call EH&S for information about health hazards, concerns about safety, assistance with hazardous material spills, and requests for the collection of hazardous waste. EH&S conducts air sampling when requested or required by regulations. In special circumstances, where engineering controls are not feasible or sufficient for protection, EH&S may offer respiratory protection.

For information and safety instructions regarding specific chemicals used at Fred Hutch, check the EH&S Chemical Safety Summaries (CSS), which includes updated, detailed information on most chemicals.