Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

One-Jang Jeng

Second Advisor

Arijit K. Sengupta

Third Advisor

Norman J. Van Houten

Abstract

This thesis is a practical application of occupational exposures to hazardous substances in a microelectronics laboratory. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for the safety in laboratories is (29 CFR 1910.1450). The application is a demonstration of the implementation of the standard in a university setting. Hazards that exist in laboratory settings are very complex and the task of providing a safe workplace can become increasingly complicated. A laboratory can and does impose different health and safety concerns that a standard industrial workplace setting might not have. The need for a laboratory safety standard program to be implemented is key to the safety and well-being of the people that work on a daily basis within the labs.

As a focus in this paper, a special look at the inherent dangers associated with one of the labs has been analyzed. The microelectronics laboratory possesses a fascinating mix of hazardous chemicals that can affect the people working in the lab in ways that are not acceptable. Implementation of the standard will be conducted in a step-wise function. At present time the university is attempting to meet mandates of the order to comply. Training has been conducted and affended by a majority of the employees in conjunction with the laboratory safety standard and reports have been completed to fulfill the obligation of the standard. Senior administration is attempting to expedite the process to insure total compliance.

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