Labs meeting the following four criteria are subject to the Laboratory Standard:
- Chemical manipulations are on a laboratory scale, i.e., easily and safely manipulated by one person
- Multiple chemical procedures are used
- The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor simulate a production process
- Protective laboratory practices and equipment are available and commonly used
Clearly, most research and teaching laboratories at UCSB, meet these criteria. Students in teaching laboratories are not University employees and therefore do not fall under the provisions of the Standard. However, it is the judgment of the University, that it is obligated to develop policies and course materials which attempt to provide the same level of protection for students. It should be noted that teaching assistants, faculty and staff in instructional labs are covered by the Lab Standard and therefore need to be included in a Chemical Hygiene Plan.