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Chemical Hygiene Plan

All laboratories at Vanderbilt University that use hazardous chemicals are required by the OSHA/TOSHA Lab Standard to have a written Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) that is capable of protecting employees from the physical and health hazards associated with hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. The primary objective of the CHP is to establish the basic safety principles for laboratory procedures, equipment and work practices that are designed to protect employees from hazardous chemicals.

Vanderbilt University has developed a CHP that has been approved by the Chemical Safety Committee.  All Vanderbilt laboratories engaged in the use of hazardous chemicals should comply with the Vanderbilt CHP.  Where the scope of chemical hazards is not adequately addressed by this document, laboratory-specific safe work practices and emergency response procedures must be developed and implemented to ensure a safe laboratory.  A format for development, documentation and implementation of laboratory-specific safe work practices is located in the Vanderbilt CHP in Appendix A – Chemical Safety Protocols (revised September 2013).  Contact your Lab Compliance Coordinator if you need assistance in developing laboratory-specific safe work practices.

Alternately, a laboratory or department may develop its own written CHP so long as it is in compliance with the CHP requirements in the OSHA/TOSHA Lab Standard.  Each Principal Investigator or Lab Director is responsible for ensuring that the laboratory has an up-to-date CHP in the lab available to the staff and that the lab staff is properly trained on all applicable elements of the CHP.

The Vanderbilt University Chemical Hygiene Plan

Laboratory Inspections

The VEHS Chemical Safety Section has implemented a Laboratory Compliance Assistance Inspection Program to inspect laboratories for compliance with the OSHA Laboratory Standard (including the Vanderbilt CHP) and the EPA/TDEC hazardous waste regulations.

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