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Chemical
Hygiene Plan

The Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (29 CFR § 1910.1450) defines the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) as a written program developed and implemented by the employer which sets forth procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment and work practices that are capable of protecting employees from health effects associated with hazardous chemical use in the laboratory. EHS maintains a generic CHP for use by university laboratories. The plan applies to all employees working in laboratories involving use of hazardous chemicals. Personnel covered by the plan should be familiar with the CHP and have continuous access.

Welcome to the new Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) application. This site will allow users to store, review, manage and print their CHP. Based on the chemicals and/or equipment in use users may be required to upload copies of their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

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Contents of the Chemical Hygiene Plan

Site specific information must be added to the plan by the Principal Investigator (PI) or laboratory designee. This information includes but is not limited to:

•  Laboratory locations - including building(s) and room(s).

•  Standard Operating Procedures(SOP’s) - Chemicals or Operations requiring prior approval must include a laboratory specific SOP.

•  Location of safety materials - This includes the CHP and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

•  Training records - Training records should include both required training (ex: Laboratory Standard Training) and site specific training (ex: Training to a lab centrifuge). At minimum training records must include, name, date and topic.

•  Updates - The CHP must be updated annually or as changes occur in the laboratory.

•  Chemical inventory - A current hard copy of must be present in the laboratory. All chemical inventories are to be kept in the EHS Assist online chemical inventory system.

•  Tables & Appendices - A complete CHP must contain current copies of all tables and appendices relating to the plan.