Chemical Hygiene Plan

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

SCOPE and APPLICATION

This program applies to all laboratories engaged in the use of chemicals defined as hazardous by this standard, and to workers who may be exposed to the chemicals. Defining criteria of laboratory are: Chemical manipulations are carried out on a small scale; Multiple chemical procedures are used; Protective laboratory practices and equipment are available and commonly used; The procedures involved are not part of a production process whose function is to produce commercial quantities of materials.

FEDERAL and STATE REGULATIONS

Federal

Federal regulations were published in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1910, and were effective January, 1991.

State

State regulations were published in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5191, "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories", and were effective June, 1991.

The CSUSM CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN

The regulations themselves are extensive and are provided in Attachment K for easy reference. This is a regulatory agency mandated program as outlined in the above listed federal and state regulations. From a practical standpoint, the primary intention of the California State University Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is to delineate policies and procedures which protect people, the physical plant and the environment from exposures, and simultaneously satisfy the legal mandate.

The CHP was drafted by Risk Management & Safety (RM&S) and revised and approved by the CSUSM Chemical Hygiene Committee September 1993 (Chemistry and Biology Departments and EH&OS). The CHP has been carefully designed not to restrict the ability of professors, technicians and other laboratory workers to either instruct students or perform research. Provision has been made for annual or ad hoc review and revision by the CSUSM Chemical Hygiene Committee.-