The goal of this program is to provide guidance and support services to minimize the risks associated with the use of hazardous chemicals in research, teaching and clinical laboratories, and laboratory support facilities. The program also helps the laboratory community ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations addressing chemical use in these areas.
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Chemical Hygiene Manual
This on-line Chemical Hygiene Manual was developed by Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) to establish and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all laboratory personnel at Temple University (TU).
This manual meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) as specified in 29 CFR 1910.1450 (Lab Standard), and outlines appropriate practices, university policies, and other regulations that must be followed in laboratories.
The Chemical Hygiene Manual is not intended to be comprehensive but should supplement laboratory specific procedures and information developed and maintained by the person(s) responsible for unique laboratory hazards.
The Chemical Hygiene Manual applies to all laboratories covered by the OSHA Laboratory Standard where the “laboratory use” of hazardous chemicals occurs. The procedures identified in this manual apply to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors who use hazardous chemicals while working in teaching/instructional, research or clinical laboratories at Temple University (TU).
While this manual primarily addresses chemical hazards, other materials and processes such as radiological and biological hazards, are referred to and must be controlled according to specific standards outlined in their respective sections.
Laboratory personnel must have access to this manual and other health and safety documents and information at all times.
Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Policy
Manage your chemical inventory and access Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in CEMS.
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Safety Data Sheets (SDS) describe the physical and health hazards of chemicals or chemical-containing products and can be accessed in CEMS.
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EHRS has a wide variety of programs and publications (fact sheets, forms, guides, manuals, etc.) available to assist you in working safely with chemicals in your work environment.
A listing of key applicable regulations, standards and external guidelines available for review by the University community.
EHRS offers a wide variety of training courses to increase your knowledge, improve your ability to recognize and mitigate risk, and help maintain a safe work environment.