Chemical Hygiene Plan
YOUR LAB-SPECIFIC CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN
All laboratories which use chemicals are subject
to the OSHA standard titled: Occupational
Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories; commonly known
as the "Laboratory Safety Standard". The goal of this page
is to give lab supervisors directions
for complying with this regulation, but is not intended to provide a
review of the details of the regulation - for that see Laboratory
The major requirement of the Lab Standard is to
develop a written, Lab-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)
which addresses the policies, Standard Operating Procedures, etc. that
ensure that employees are protected from harm due to chemicals. At the
bottom is the link to template forms to aid lab supervisors in
But first, a few guidelines:
- Your lab-specific CHP is complementary
to the Campus portion of the CHP.
- After your templates are completed, add them
to the "Chemical Hygiene Plan" tab of the binder noted above.
We recommend that the binder reside in the lab area for employee reference.
- The templates are only a guide. Supervisors can
add whatever info they wish in fleshing-out their CHP. Supervisors
have wide latitude in customizing their CHP as long as it addresses
the intent of the standard.
- Give special attention to the use of Particularly
Hazardous Substances (PHS). See the introduction to Template #4.
- A well-done CHP can significantly
add to lab safety, i.e., don't view the CHP as a bureaucratic requirement
that then gathers dust. Per the Standard, all lab workers must review
and understand your CHP and it should be updated at least annually.
HERE TO GO TO LAB-SPECIFIC CHP TEMPLATES AND THE REST OF THE UCSB CHP