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Chemical Laboratory Safety (Chemical Hygiene)

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

Chemical Hygiene involves the 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 ISU Chemical Hygiene Plan as  required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450.

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

Chemical Hygiene involves the 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 ISU 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 Inspection Checklist

A Safety Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a detailed, 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 ISU 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”. 

Completed SOPs must be maintained in the Appendix D: Laboratory Specific Safety Plan (template) and available to EHS for review. 

SOP Criteria: SOPs must include a description of the hazards, engineering controls, required PPE, emergency procedures, spill response, waste disposal procedures, required prior authorization, if applicable and signature, and signatures for verifying training.

EHS has developed SOP templates to assist in completing  SOPs. They can be edited to create more specific SOPs. Lab personnel can also create their own SOPs as long as they meet the SOP criteria above.  

 


 

ISU General SOP Template                                        Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHS) SOP template

ISU Corrosive SOP Template                                     ISU Pyrophoric SOP Template

ISU Cryogenics SOP Form

If you have questions regarding the generation of SOPs or the laboratory specific safety plan, contact the EHS Associate Director for Occupational Health.