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Chemical Hygiene Plan and Laboratory Safety Manual

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.1450, “Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories”, requires that a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) be developed for each laboratory workplace to protect employees from injury due to chemical exposure in the workplace. Among other required elements, the OSHA Lab Standard specifies that the CHP must include “criteria that the employer will use to determine and implement control measures to reduce employee exposure to hazardous chemicals including engineering controls, the use of personal protective equipment and hygiene practices, particular attention shall be given to the selection of control measures for chemicals that are known to be extremely hazardous" (1910.1450(e)(3)(ii)).

The general Lab Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan [doc] (LSM-CHP) was developed by the university's Environmental Health and Safety department. Our intent is to create a generic plan that contains information on general chemical and physical safety topics including hazardous substances, equipment, and processes that are commonly used in laboratories.

To create a lab-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan and Lab Safety Manual, each laboratory must add lab-specific information to the EH&S- developed generic plan.  The template for the Lab-specific Information for the CHP-LSM must be completed, printed, and kept in a binder, and made accessible to all lab personnel.  All lab personnel must review and understand the content of both the general LSM-CHP and the Lab-specific Information for the LSM-CHP.

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