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120719_Campus_SummerThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has responsibility for workplace regulations designed to prevent injuries and protect the health of workers. Research laboratories are unique workplaces.  In order to address the worker protection needs in these facilities OSHA developed a specific standard, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (29 CFR 1910.1450). This standard, often referred to as the OSHA Laboratory Standard, imposes many requirements, including developing a written Chemical Hygiene Plan. The complete Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) for all university laboratories consists of three parts: The University of Alabama Chemical Hygiene Plan, a laboratory-specific CHP, and the Standard Operating Procedures specific for your work practices.

The UA Chemical Hygiene Plan covers the basic requirements for most laboratory areas. Each lab is expected to develop a customized CHP that addresses risk and hazard controls for their areas. Guidance for how this is to be done is included in the manual. It is essential that this be done by someone who is completely familiar with the work and work area covered, and who has read and understood the CHP and its requirements. Assistance is always available from the Chemical Hygiene Officer (Marcy Huey) and the Chemical Safety Manager (Andrea Davidson) at EHS.

Chemical Hygiene Program Information

Chemical inventory is managed and tracked thru the CISPro program.  You must complete training to gain access to the system.  You can request training here.  If you are having trouble with the CISPro system, you can submit a Request for System Assistance and EHS will help to trouble shoot your problem, add chemical items to your inventory, or remove items from inventory record.  Please click here to submit a request.

Work with hazardous chemicals requires the review and approval of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) before work begins.  SOPs and SOP templates are available at Standard Operating Procedures.

Information about training and the training course request can be found at Training. 

Information about ordering chemicals or other items can be found in Ordering Information.

To submit a completed SOP, click here.

Research and teaching labs sometimes need to dispose of chemical materials.  The UA CHP provides instructions on how to dispose of these items.  Further information on chemical disposal can be found in the Chemical Disposal Guidelines.  Unwanted chemicals require an Unwanted Chemical Label.

Shipping of chemical materials of any type is potentially subject to DOT and/or IATA regulations.  Please review our Shipping Information.

Laboratory Decommissioning guidelines and equipment/room tags are posted at Forms and Supporting Documents.  Before anyone else can move into a lab room, all lab spaces MUST be decommissioned (by the exiting Lab PI or Research Group) anytime you relinquish control the space for any reason.

Helpful Chemical Hygiene and Laboratory Safety Links