The CHP applies to all university personnel engaged in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals. The laboratory use of hazardous chemicals means handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:

  • Chemical manipulations are carried out on a laboratory scale,
  • Multiple chemical procedures or chemical substances are used, and
  • “Protective laboratory practices and equipment” are available and in common use to minimize the potential for employee exposures to hazardous chemicals.

A hazardous chemical, according to OSHA, is a chemical for which there is statistically significant evidence, based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles, that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees.


For laboratories that fall within non-compliance with either federal, state, or university regulations, the Faculty Misconduct and Discipline policy will be followed. Laboratories are required to reply to non-compliant findings with correction of the finding or detailed plans in a timely manner. PIs or Laboratory Supervisors are ultimately responsible for correction of non-compliant findings

Chemical Hygene Plan - Table of Contents