Safety Tip of the Week – Chemical Hygiene Plan

Chemical Hygiene Plan

The CHP is a written program stating the policies, procedures, and responsibilities that protect workers from the health hazards associated with the hazardous chemicals used in that particular workplace.

The components of a CHP include:

  • Standard operating procedures involving the use of hazardous chemicals;

  • Criteria to determine and implement control measures to reduce employee exposure to hazardous chemicals;

  • Requirements to ensure that control measures perform properly;

  • Employee information and training;

  • Identification of operations requiring prior employer approval;

  • Medical consultation and examinations;

  • Designation of chemical hygiene officers;

  • Requirements for handling particularly hazardous chemicals;

  • Identification of designated areas (laboratories, storage rooms, disposal areas);

  • Containment equipment;

  • Procedures for safe removal of contaminated waste; and 

  • Decontamination procedures


Although each laboratory comes with its own set of unique challenges, addressing known hazards and planning for anticipated ones will help to minimize chemical exposure and ensure a safer workplace for everyone.

If you are aware of it, take care of it! 


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