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Chemical Hygiene

What is Chemical Hygiene? 
The term "Chemical Hygiene" refers to working hygienically, or cleanly, with chemicals. The purpose of chemical hygiene is to reduce the risk of chemical-related diseases, such as systemic diseases, cancer, or reproductive effects.

What is a Chemical Hygiene Plan? 
A Chemical Hygiene Plan is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for laboratories working with hazardous chemicals. To view the regulation, click on the link below:

OSHA standard on Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories

The university's required Chemical Hygiene Plan is found in Chapter Two 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, at the link below, to develop their lab-specific CHP.

Laboratory-Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template

Want to find out more about a chemical you work with?
Please visit any or all of the chemical safety and hygiene resources below:

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.

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