Chemical Safety

Chemical Hygiene Plan

This Chemical Hygiene Plan reviews policies, procedures and responsibilities that protect faculty, staff and students from the health hazards associated with the hazardous chemicals within their particular lab. All lab workers must review those portions of the plan pertinent to their work and to any areas in the lab that may present hazards.

Particularly Hazardous Substances

Particularly Hazardous Substances include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and acutely toxic substances. Specific standard operating procedures are required  for these  substances, and are to be reviewed by lab personnel prior to beginning work with them.  The SDS is a good source to determine if a substance will be classified as Particularly Hazardous.  The following links provide additional information:

NIOSH Effects of Workplace Hazards on Female Reproductive Health Reproductive Toxins Select Agents and Toxins
Select Carcinogens CDC Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Pyrophorics and Air Sensitive Reagents

Pyrophoric materials are substances that will ignite spontaneously in air. Working with pyrophoric material requires great care to prevent accidental ignition.

Chemical Hazards

Below are listed the physical hazards associated with common laboratory chemicals.

Safety Data Sheets

The SDS is to be used by as a source of information regarding hazards and safety precautions for the particular chemical. Safety Data Sheets can be accessed through the WFU Safety Data Sheet Web Page.

Chemical Inventory

Chemical inventories are located on the University managed database through Chemical Inventory and Chemical Ordering.  New chemical orders placed through Workday will be automatically entered in the inventory.  It is the responsibility of inventory managers (labs, studios, shops) to remove chemicals from the inventory as containers are emptied.


Need to report an unsafe condition or incident?

Phone: 336.758.EHAS (3427)
Office Location: The EHS building is in the Facilities Compound on Wingate Road. It is the last building on the left up from Fleet Services, next door to Landscaping.