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Updated On November 18, 2016 - 1:30pm

Chemical Hygiene Plan 2016 Update Available

2016 CHP Update

The 2016 version of the Chemical Hygiene Plan is available. Sections containing new or revised content are marked along the outer margins by a blue bar and arrow. Follow these steps to review the changes and update your laboratory's Lab Safety Manual:

  1. Download or print the 2016 CHP (pdf)
  2. Review the changes with your lab personnel using the 2016 CHP Update Summary (pdf) as a guide
  3. Lab personnel will document they have read and understood the 2016 CHP by logging into UCLA Worksafe and completing a User Sign off. * See 2016 CHP Update Summary for instructions.

Laboratory Standard

In 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a regulation entitled Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5191. This is often known as the Laboratory Standard and is intended to recognize the unique differences between laboratory workplaces, which handle chemicals, and other workplaces.

The goal of the Laboratory Standard is to ensure that laboratory workers are informed about the hazards of chemicals in their workplace and are protected from chemical exposures exceeding OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits. This goal is achieved by establishing safe work practices in the laboratories through the implementation of a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).

Laboratory Safety Manual & CHP

EH&S has developed a Laboratory Safety Manual, which includes a section for the UCLA Chemical Hygiene Plan. The manual has been provided to all laboratories in order to comply with the requirements of the Laboratory Standard. The Lab Safety Manual and CHP must be present and readily available where hazardous chemicals are used. The goal is to protect the health and safety of those working in a laboratory setting.


The CHP applies to all laboratories that use, store or handle potentially hazardous chemicals and all personnel who work in these facilities. It does not apply to research involving exclusively radiological or biological materials, as these safety procedures and regulatory requirements are outlined in the Radiation Safety Manual and Biosafety Manual, respectively. Research involving more than one type of hazard must comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and follow guidance outlined in the relevant safety manuals.

Content of CHP

A CHP is a written plan that establishes the various safety procedures and chemical handling rules for the laboratory. The CHP includes guidance and requirements for the use of laboratory equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, lab coats, safety eyewear, and respirators. The CHP must also establish safe work practices, known as standard operating procedures (SOPs), for the use of hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. Chemicals that are identified as "particularly hazardous substances" (see UCLA Policy 907: Safe Handling of Particularly Hazardous Substances) will often need special stringent procedures that include a discussion of workplace control methods, such as fume hoods, glove boxes and designated work areas. Particularly hazardous substances may include select carcinogens, regulated carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and chemicals with a high degree of acute toxicity.

Customize CHP to Each Laboratory

The CHP, however, is not specific to each individual laboratory. The CHP is meant to be a guidance and procedural document for each lab. It is the responsibility of the Principle Investigator and laboratory personnel to include items specific to the laboratory, such as training records and SOPs. The laboratory is also responsible for reviewing the manual and making necessary changes on an annual basis.

Location of CHP

The CHP should be kept in the lab within the Lab Safety Manual, and should be accessible to the laboratory staff and students who need to refer to it.

Need Assistance?

If you have any questions or need assistance customizing your Lab Safety Manual or CHP, please contact the EH&S Laboratory Safety Officer for your department or email [email protected].

Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer
Email: [email protected] | Phone: (310) 206-3661

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