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Environment, Health and Safety

Chemical Hygiene Plan

The EH&S Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) establishes a written program that protects laboratory personnel from the potential hazards associated with the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals in a laboratory work area. This document meets the requirements of the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations; Standards for Laboratories listed in 29 CFR 1910.1450 and Standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), listed in 1910.132. Compliance with the guidelines set forth by the CHP should protect laboratory personnel from most potential chemical hazards.

Scope

UB’s CHP applies to all University at Buffalo laboratory personnel and campus laboratories as defined in this CHP. It does not apply to hazardous chemicals that are in use in an area not defined as a laboratory; nor does the CHP cover work with radioactive materials or biological agents. Those areas have specific requirements that are addressed in separate documents. Contact the EH&S office at 829-3301for further information.

Additional Resources

Additional information can be obtained by referring to the publications “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards” published by the National Research Council and the American Chemical Society’s “Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories.” Both of these publications are excellent resources for guidance and can help strengthen and solidify a culture of safety in academic laboratories. They are available through a number of online sources.

Obtaining the Chemical Hygiene Plan

EH&S provides each Principal Investigator with a "Laboratory Safety Manual" which contains a copy of the Chemical Hygiene Plan, the Hazardous Waste Guidebook and can also be used to store chemical inventory information, training records, EH&S blank forms and related correspondence.  To receive your copy, contact the EH&S office at 829-3301.