The Biology department uses chemicals that are subject to regulations regarding monitoring. Appendix D contains a list of chemicals used within the department that require monitoring. Their action levels and suggested monitoring method is also listed.
OSHA requires initial monitoring if there is reason to believe that exposure levels for that substance routinely exceed action levels (or in the absence of an action level, the PEL). Monitoring shall continue following the OSHA standards for that chemical if the initial testing reveals that the action levels or PELs are exceeded. Monitoring will be discontinued in accordance with the relevant standard. See Table E for the PEL of many common chemicals
Employees will be notified within fifteen working days after the receipt of the monitoring results by writing, e-mail or a posting in the work area.
Environmental monitoring is recommended if exposure to air contaminants exceeding PEL/action limits is suspected.