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Chemical Laboratory Safety (Chemical Hygiene)

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The Chemical Hygiene Plan and Appendices detail requirements for the safe use and storage of chemicals in laboratories.

Chemical Hygiene involves proper chemical storage, safety equipment, work practices, procedures, and personal protective equipment for the safe use of chemicals in laboratories. All University laboratory work must comply with the requirements of the Chemical Hygiene Plan as required by the OSHA Laboratory Safety Standard.

Chemical Hygiene Plan

Appendix A: Definitions and Abbreviations

Appendix B: Chemical Storage and Segregation

Appendix C: Spill Response

Appendix D: Laboratory Specific Safety Plan (template)

Appendix E: Laboratory Self-Assessment Checklist

A Safety Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is written set of procedures that explains how to use and manage hazardous chemicals, processes, and procedures to prevent or minimize health and safety concerns.

The OSHA Laboratory Standard requires that the Chemical Hygiene Plan  include: “Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relevant to safety and health considerations to be followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals”. 

SOPs must be included or linked in each lab's "Lab Specific Safety Plan". 

Compressed Gas 

Container Labeling

Ethidium Bromide

Flammable Liquid Storage

Sodium Azide                         

If you have questions regarding the generation of SOPs or the laboratory specific safety plan, contact the Chemical and Research Safety Manager.