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.
Below are listed the physical hazards associated with common laboratory chemicals.
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
- Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology: Managing the Health and Safety Concerns Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials
- Explosive Hazards
- Over-Pressure Hazards
- Water Reactives
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 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.