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Regulation of Chemical Hazards in the Laboratory

The portion of the OSHA Standard that is specific to laboratories is 29CFR1910.1450, which is titled "Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories." Part of this regulation requires laboratory leadership (eg, directors, administrative directors, supervisors, managers) to develop a documented chemical hygiene plan (CHP). The CHP defines provisions for procedures, special equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and work practices that, if used correctly, will protect employees from the hazards associated with chemical exposure. Within the CHP, you will find:

  • Provisions for worker training in the elements of the CHP
  • The laboratory's policy regarding chemical exposure monitoring, where appropriate
  • Specific information regarding medical consultation when exposure occurs
  • The laboratory's criteria for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls
  • Special precautions for particularly hazardous substances
  • The person who is designated as the Chemical Hygiene Officer (the person responsible for implementation of the CHP)