OSHA Requirements for the Medical Laboratory

Number of Credits

3 P.A.C.E.®




Cynthia Cardelino, MLT(ASCP), MT(HEW)
Cyril M. Hetsko, MD, FACP
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This course provides P.A.C.E.® credit only and is not for individuals that are eligible for CME credit (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses). For CME credit, register for the course under the Laboratory Director CME Program category where the course is offered for CME credit.

Course Details:

This online educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of individuals in a clinical laboratory, including healthcare professionals working as medical laboratory staff in non-waived diagnostic laboratories, technical consultants, supervisors, safety officers, testing personnel, and laboratory assistants.
This course describes the safety standards and explains 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. This course has been approved for P.A.C.E.® credit. 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 activity will take approximately 3 hours to complete and there are no prerequisites. A P.A.C.E. completion certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course with a score of 80% or higher on the graded exams, and completion of the course evaluation.

  • 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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