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Chemical Hygiene Plan



It is the policy of the Polytechnic University [as represented by the Polytechnic Corporation and the Office of the President] to provide a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and regulations of the Department of Labor including 29 CFR 1910.1450 "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories." The full laboratory standard is included as Appendix A of this Chemical Hygiene Plan.

On 31 January, 1990 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a final rule for occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories. Included in the standard, which became effective on 1 May, 1990 is a requirement for all employers covered by the standard to develop and carry out the provisions of a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP). The standard requires that the CHP must be developed and implemented by January 31, 1991.

A CHP is defined as a written program which describes procedures, engineering controls, personal protective equipment and work practices that are capable of protecting employees from the health hazards presented by hazardous chemicals used in that particular workplace. Components of the CHP must include standard operating procedures for safety and health, criteria for the implementation of control measures, measures to ensure proper operation of engineering controls, provisions for training and information dissemination, permitting requirements, provisions for medical consultation, designation of responsible personnel, and identification of particularly hazardous substances.


This document constitutes the Chemical Hygiene Plan required by the above regulation and developed for the Farmingdale Campus of Polytechnic University located at 901 Route 110 in Farmingdale, New York, 11735. The purpose of the CHP is to describe proper practices and procedures to be followed by employees, students, visitors and other personnel working in each laboratory of the university. This CHP is maintained readily available to laboratory employees at Polytechnic University.

* It is the responsibility of the faculty, administration, and the research, supervisory and laboratory personnel to know and follow the procedures outlined in this plan.

* All operations performed in the laboratory must be planned and executed in accordance with the enclosed procedures.

* In addition, each employee is expected to develop safe personal chemical hygiene habits aimed at the reduction of chemical exposures to themselves and coworkers.


This Chemical Hygiene Plan applies to all work involving hazardous substances that is conducted in laboratory spaces [as defined in the Room List of Polytechnic University, Farmingdale campus] carried out by faculty and other laboratory employees, students and visitors working in Polytechnic laboratories.


The OSHA Laboratory Standard is a PERFORMANCE STANDARD. There are relatively few specific requirements to carry out particular procedures in a particular way. Specific RESULTS to be achieved are spelled out, but the manner by which these results are to be achieved generally are not delineated.

This document was developed to comply with paragraph (e) of the referenced OSHA 1910.1450 standard. Polytechnic University will maintain the facilities and procedures employed in the laboratory compatible with current knowledge and regulations in laboratory safety. This CHP will be reviewed, evaluated and updated at least annually and is readily available to employees, their representatives and any representative of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.


Portions of this Chemical Hygiene Plan were drawn from the manuals: OSHA Laboratory Standard 29 CFR Implementation Guide" by Leo C. Hearn, Jr., Steven L. Goode, and David F. Coble, Lewis Publishers, 1991; "Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories," prepared by the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Hazardous substances in the Laboratory [National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 1981, "Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Disposal of Chemicals,"National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 1995 and "Developing a Chemical Hygiene Plan" by Jay A. Young, Warren Kingsley and George H. Wahl, Jr., American Chemical Society, Washington D.C. 1990.