All laboratories which use chemicals are subject to the OSHA standard 29CFR1910:1450, titled “Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories.” The lab standard requires the development of a chemical hygiene plan that is laboratory specific.

Each principal investigator (PI) is responsible to develop and maintain the chemical hygiene plan (CHP) for his or her laboratory. In broad terms, a CHP is a detailed strategy for controlling hazards in a given location. A lab’s CHP should identify all the hazards present in that lab and describe specific measures for effectively controlling those hazards.

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