Ask the expert: A hazardous substance list for your practice

By: June 29th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Must a medical practice create a list of all hazardous substances used in the workplace? It seems as if the MSDS file already covers that information.

A: Yes, the Hazard Communication standard does require the employer to compile a list of hazardous substances in the workplace as part of the written plan:

1910.1200(e)(1)(i) A list of the hazardous chemicals known to be present using an identity that is referenced on the appropriate material safety data sheet (the list may be compiled for the workplace as a whole or for individual work areas)…

A Hazardous Substances List from the Basic OSHA Compliance Manual Kit, is included on the Tools page under the hazard communication category.

You can save some time by just referencing the name of the chemical as it appears on the MSDS and indicating you have the MSDS on file. While the other information is good to have, OSHA does not require it as long as you have the MSDS.


By Christine Ho-Yan on June 29th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Could you please comment on PCR samples that if PPE is required when handling PCR samples (pre and post amplification)and also if microscope slide reading area which is open to other areas of the department and next to a staining sink should be considered a clean area?


By nike faola on July 20th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Could you please send me list of hazarduous substances in residential care homes.Thank you.

By David LaHoda on July 20th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

There is no set list of hazardous substances in specific healthcare settings. OSHA says it is the responsibility for the employer to determine the hazardous substances specific to your site.


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