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Idaho State University

Chemical Hygiene

Idaho State University strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace for its faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Chemical Hygiene at ISU involves the proper storage, use and disposal of chemicals located in laboratories, research and clinics, as well as in facility operations.

Each college, department, research center, institute, or office (hereafter referred to as “unit”) is responsible for complying with all applicable Federal and State regulations concerning hazardous chemical use, proper safety provisions, management, and disposal.

The Director of the Enviromental Health and Safety department is the University’s primary Chemical Hygiene compliance resource. The Vice President for Research, to whom the EHS Director reports, has overall responsibility for chemical hygiene throughout the University.

Best practices and requirements for chemical hygiene at ISU can be found in the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Chemical Hygiene & Laboratory Hazard Communication Training

For all staff, students and faculty who deal with chemicals in any capacity there is a required self enrolled Moodle course.  It deals with the following

  • ISU's Safety Data sheets (SDS) database
  • how to navigate and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS) 
  • Hazard Classification and Pictograms
  • Labels and Other Forms of Warning
  • Protective Measures
  • Compressed Gas Safety
  • Contacts for Hazard Communication Questions/Concerns Written Hazard Communication Program

To self-enroll, in the Moodle course, first log into your moodle account. select site home on the left side-bar, then scroll down to search courses near the bottom, and search for EHS, and select EHS - 01 Chemical Hygiene & Laboratory Hazard Communication.