Chemical Hygiene

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regulation for “Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories” (29 CFR 1910.1450) requires all facilities engaged in the use of chemicals in a laboratory (not just “chemistry labs”) to develop and implement a written “Chemical Hygiene Plan” which sets forth procedures, equipment, PPE, work practices, and policies to help protect employees from the health hazards presented by hazardous chemicals used in their workplace.

The Chemical and Lab Safety Manager for Clemson has developed the written Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) for the University; this Plan applies to all Clemson Faculty, staff, and students who work in laboratories where hazardous chemicals are used.  Employees are responsible for seeing that their laboratory operations are planned and conducted in accordance with the CHP, for following prescribed safety practices, and developing good chemical handling habits.

Also required is that employees know the location of, and how to use, the emergency equipment in his or her area (especially the safety shower and eyewash), as well as how to obtain additional help in an emergency, and being familiar with emergency procedures.

OSHA requires that all lab employees be trained in Chemical Hygiene. This training is available online here .

A copy of Clemson University's CHP is available HERE. (pdf)