2.0 Purpose

The intent of this document, The University of Iowa Chemical Hygiene Plan (UI CHP), is to protect employees from chemical health hazards (maintain exposure to hazardous chemicals at the lowest practical level) and to comply with the OSHA Standard for Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1450.

This UI CHP contains policies, procedures, and work practices necessary to protect personnel working in laboratories.  The plan has been developed based on best laboratory practices identified in various sources but most notably in “Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories,” published by the National Research Council.  It is not intended to be all-inclusive. It cannot address specific chemical handling procedures for all chemicals but describes general protective guidelines for working with hazardous chemicals or categories of chemicals in laboratories.

The UI CHP must be readily available to employees. The most current version of this document is available from the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) web site.  Laboratory supervisor's must assure this is accessible during all lab work hours.

Laboratories that use chemicals with particularly hazardous characteristics may need to develop specific guidelines and procedures, approved by the Principal Investigator/Laboratory Supervisor, to supplement this general plan.  Provisions of the UI CHP include:

  • Information contained in chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and the results of monitoring will be used to select appropriate control measures designed to accomplish this.
  • Medical examinations and consultations will be provided for employees if exposure levels are found to be in excess of legal limits, if employee shows symptoms of overexposure, or if a spill or other event results in the likelihood of overexposure.
  • Protective equipment will be provided at no cost to the employee.
  • Routine laboratory inspections will be performed to ensure that protective equipment (e.g., chemical fume hoods) is functioning properly.