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Health & Safety Manual - Chemical Hygiene Plan

1.1 Chemical Hygiene Plan Scope and Application

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) applies to faculty, staff and students on all campuses engaged in the laboratory use of hazardous materials, including those covered under the Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) Standard 29 CFR 1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, also referred to as the Laboratory Standard.

The CHP consists of two parts. The first part outlines the University policy for chemical hygiene and management in research laboratories by providing guidance for the safe use of chemicals, health hazards and routes of exposure, controlling or minimizing potential exposure, medical surveillance, training, waste disposal and emergency procedures. The second part, an essential component of the CHP, is a web-based Laboratory Assessment Tool for Chemical Hygiene (LATCH) developed by EH&S, designed to help individual laboratories prepare a laboratory-specific CHP, as required by OSHA. The PI and/or his/her designee is responsible for completing the laboratory –specific LATCH and reviewing and updating it no less frequently than annually.

The PI must ensure that all laboratory personnel:

  1. Are knowledgeable about the contents of the University's CHP and his/her laboratory-specific LATCH and how to access these plans.
  2. Have attended Laboratory Safety, Chemical Hygiene & Hazardous Waste Training, and other necessary function-specific trainings.
  3. Are trained in laboratory- or job-specific procedures and use of equipment before handling hazardous chemicals and equipment.
  4. Are familiar with the hazards in the laboratory and understand emergency procedures.

1.1.1 Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO)

The Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) is an employee who is designated by the employer, and who is qualified by training or experience, to provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the provisions of the CHP. EH&S's Director of Occupational Safety Programs, who serves as the University CHO, is responsible for:

  1. Keeping the senior administration informed on the progress of continued implementation of the CHP and bringing campus-wide issues affecting laboratory safety to their attention.
  2. Reviewing the University's CHP, at least annually, with University stakeholders and recommending revisions and improvements based on regulatory changes, external or internal lessons learned, and best practices designed to improve laboratory practices and the CHP.
  3. Providing expert guidance to the laboratory community in the area of chemical safety and serve as a point of contact for inquiries.
  4. Ensuring that guidelines are in place and communicated for particularly hazardous substances regarding proper labeling, handling, use, and storage, selection of PPE, and facilitating the development of standard operating procedures for laboratories using these substances.
  5. Serving as a resource for reviewing SOPs developed by PIs and laboratory personnel for the use, disposal, spill cleanup, and decontamination of hazardous chemicals, and the proper selection and use of personal protective equipment.
  6. Reviewing reports for laboratory incidents, accidents, chemical exposures, and near misses and recommending follow up actions where appropriate.
  7. Maintaining records of exposure monitoring and medical examinations.
  8. Consulting on a laboratory worker's return to work following a chemical exposure requiring medical consultation.
  9. Advising on the acquisition, testing and maintenance of fume hoods and emergency showers and eyewashes in laboratories where hazardous chemicals are used.
  10. Staying informed of plans for renovations or new laboratory construction projects and serving as a resource in assisting with the design and construction process.
  11. k. Assisting in the overall administration of the University's research safety training programs.

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