Employee Information and Training

Departments must provide employees with information and training to ensure that they are apprised of the hazards of chemicals present in their work area and the steps they should take to protect themselves from these hazards. Training may take the form of individual instruction, group seminars, audio-visual presentations, handout material, or any combination of the above.  However, the training must include the specific hazards associated with the chemicals in the work area when generic training is insufficient (e.g., extremely toxic materials, carcinogens, reproductive hazards) to address specific hazards

Such information must be provided at the time of an employee's initial assignment to a work area where hazardous chemicals are present and prior to assignment involving new exposure situations.


Information.  Information provided by departments to employees must include:

The contents of the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1450 and its appendices which shall be available to employees. https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10106


  1. The location and availability of the University Chemical Hygiene Plan
  2. The permissible exposure limits for OSHA regulated substances or published exposure limits for other hazardous chemicals where there is no applicable OSHA standard (available from SDSs or ORS);
  3. Signs and symptoms associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory (available on container labels and Safety Data Sheets);
  4. The location and availability of known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals found in the laboratory (i.e., Safety Data Sheets as well as other sources of information). Also, see applicable sections of the University Lab Safety Manual.


Training.  Training provided by departments to employees must include:

  1. Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical (i.e., monitoring conducted by the University, continuous monitoring devices, etc.) Also, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.
  2. The physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area;
  3. The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards, including specific procedures the University or department has implemented to protect employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as appropriate work practices, engineering controls, emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used;
  4. The applicable details of the University Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Documentation.  Awareness of the University CHP should be documented using the form on page 2 of this document.  Appendix J of the Lab Safety Manual contains a generic form that may be used to document many different types of safety training.  All CHP training records belonging to a department or other administrative unit should be held in a central administrative location (e.g., by Safety Committee Chair or in Department Head or Business Office), organized in any convenient manner provided the training record(s) for an individual, a research group, or department can be made immediately available during an ORS or an inspection involving an outside regulatory agency. Copies of training records should also be submitted to the ORS training coordinator.


Training provided by ORS.  ORS offers online Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety Training. The ORS website can be accessed from http://www.clemson.edu/research/safety/. ORS will also provide live training sessions upon request.