CME – OSHA Requirements for the Medical Laboratory

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Cynthia Cardelino, MLT(ASCP), MT(HEW)

This course provides CME credit and is only for individuals that are eligible for CME credit (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses). All others should register for the course under the Laboratory Training category where the course is offered for
P.A.C.E. credit.

Course Details:

This online educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of physicians operating an office laboratory; healthcare professionals working as medical laboratory staff in non-waived diagnostic laboratories, including testing personnel, technical consultants, supervisors, and laboratory directors. This course is designed to describe safety standards and to explain the importance of safety in the medical laboratory. The course content contains relevant OSHA Standards that pertain to the safe operation of a medical laboratory, with a special focus on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Printable Safety Checklists are included for each safety topic and the Resources section has additional helpful links and OSHA resources.

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Summarize the OSHA record keeping requirements
  • Outline the required elements of an OSHA Safety Program
  • Apply safety standards for fire, electrical, compressed gas, and radiation safety
  • Apply OSHA standards for bloodborne pathogens safety
  • Apply safety standards for eyewash stations and safety showers
  • Apply safety standards for hazardous waste management
  • Apply OSHA guidelines for ergonomics
  • Summarize the process of an OSHA inspection
  • Use OSHA safety checklists to monitor and improve safety in your laboratory

This course will take 3 hours to complete and there are no prerequisites. A credit certificate will be issued upon completion of the course evaluation and post-test with a score of 80% or better.

This CME activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care, practice-based learning and systems-based practice.

The AAFP has reviewed Laboratory Director CME Program, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 10/01/2021 to 10/01/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit approval includes the following session(s):

  • 3.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Elective Credit(s) – OSHA Requirements for the Medical Laboratory

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.


  • Introduction
  • Record Keeping
  • General Safety
  • Fire Hazards
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Compressed Gas Hazards
  • Radiation Hazards
  • Graded Exam 1
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Eyewash Stations and Safety Showers
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Ergonomics
  • OSHA Inspections
  • Graded Exam 2
  • Resources

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It is the policy of the AAFP and LabUniversity that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. For this educational activity all conflicts of interests have been resolved and detailed disclosures are listed below:


Author and Course Reviewer: Cynthia Cardelino, MLT(ASCP), MT(HEW)
No relevant financial relationships to disclose, No discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs/devices during presentation.

* The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.