The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Laboratory Standard, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, was created to minimize employee exposure to hazardous chemicals in the laboratory.
Requirements of the Lab Standard include establishing a Chemical Hygiene Program and providing a written Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) available HERE. The University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan was written to describe proper practices, procedures, equipment, and facilities designed to protect employees from exposure to hazardous chemical and avoid accidents and injuries related to the laboratory environment. The CHP is intended to serve as a basic guide for chemical safety. Faculty must develop laboratory-specific safety protocols to address specific hazards (i.e., chemical, biological, radioactive, equipment, etc.) for their individual labs. These protocols must include work practices, procedures, and precautions for specific chemicals, equipment, etc.
The University Chemical Hygiene Program applies to all Clemson Faculty, staff, and students, and visitors in laboratories where hazardous chemicals/agents are used. Employees are responsible for ensuring that their laboratory operations are planned and conducted in accordance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and also for following procedures and prescribed safety practices outlined by their direct supervisor.
For assistance with chemical safety issues and required training, contact the Chemical and Lab Safety Manager at (864) 656-7554 or (864) 650-8155.
Chemical Inventories are due on Feb 15 of each year. Please use the excel forms below to inventory your area and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.