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WPI Chemical Hygiene Plan

The federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations exist to minimize the occurrences and severity workplace injuries and protect worker health.  Academic chemistry and biochemistry laboratories present unique hazards that require unique a safety standard as outlined in OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (29 CFR 1910.1450).   This standard, often referred to as the OSHA Laboratory Standard, imposes many requirements, including developing a written Chemical Hygiene Plan.  The complete Chemical Hygiene Plan for all laboratories consists of three parts:

  1. The University's Chemical Hygiene Plan
  2. Laboratory-specific chemical hygiene plans
  3. WPI Laboratory Safety Guide

The University's Chemical Hygiene Plan

The university's chemical hygiene plan document outlines the for laboratory personnel, contains policies and practices applicable to the entire campus, and provides an overview of the various regulations applicable to operations in a campus laboratory. It also provides information on other regulations such as fire codes, hazardous waste regulations, chemical shipping requirements and other requirements pertaining to the use of hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. 

Read the WPI Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Laboratory-specific chemical hygiene plans

For each laboratory, the Principal Investigator and the laboratory's Chemical Hygiene Officer must prepare a laboratory-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan that includes the following information specific to their laboratory’s operations: 

  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs) 
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements 
  • Engineering and administrative controls 
  • Provisions for handling Particularly Hazardous Substances 
  • Provisions for designating specific operations that shall require prior approval before initiating Training prerequisites. 

Included are quick links to the individual laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan documents for Argüello, Burdette, Brodeur, Dempski, Dittami, Emmert, Gericke, Grimm, Heilman, Kaminski, Lambert, MacDonald, Mattson, Scarlata.

View the OSHA standard for Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories.

WPI Laboratory Safety Guide

The WPI Laboratory Safety Guide consists of a series of documents drafted by the campus Environmental Health and Safety office.  Below is a list quick links to several of the subjects relevant to working in a chemistry or a biochemistry lab.  However, anyone working in a chemistry or biochemistry lab is responsible for reading through and understanding this list.

Safety Training

In order to work in and have access to departmental research laboratories, all participants must complete:

This training must be renewed yearly in order to maintain laboratory access.