What is Chemical Hygiene?
A Chemical Hygiene Plan is 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 the health hazards presented by hazardous chemicals used in that particular workplace and that meets the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Standard on Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. To meet these requirements, Duke has a general Chemical Hygiene Plan, which is in Section 3 of the Laboratory Safety Manual. Each laboratory must also have a Laboratory-Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan (Lab-specific CHP) with emergency contact information, site-specific standard operating procedures (SOPs), and training documentation. Labs are encouraged to use the Laboratory-Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template to develop their lab-specific CHP.
When is a Chemical Hygiene Plan required?
A Chemical Hygiene Plan is required for laboratories working with hazardous chemicals on a “laboratory scale” (small quantities and not part of a production process). To view the regulation and detailed requirements, click on the link below:
OSHA standard on Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
If a lab uses just one chemical, or uses chemicals in production-type processes, the lab would instead need to comply with the requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard and create a written certification of hazard assessment for any needed personal protective equipment.
Want to find out more about a chemical you work with?
Please visit any or all of the chemical safety and hygiene resources below:
- (M)SDS Resources
- Particularly Hazardous Substances
- Chemical SOP resources
- Chemical SOPs and SOP templates
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Reproductive Health
- Hazard Communication
- Laboratory Chemical Safety Summaries from Prudent Practices in the Laboratory (National Academies Press)
Is your Eyewash or Safety Shower "up to par"?
Check out Duke's Emergency Eyewash and Shower Policy in the Safety Manual. Where possible, activate your eyewash or drench hose once a week to verify that it's working properly.
Concerned about chemical exposure or chemical safety issues?
Call our office at 684-5996 if you have general questions, or to set up exposure monitoring or a workplace audit.