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The purpose of the Chemical Hygiene Plan is to acquaint students and employees with the University of Pennsylvania's safety and health policies and to inform employees of their rights and obligations under federal and state regulations. The University continually strives to provide a learning, teaching, and research environment free from recognized hazards. It is Penn's intention to improve the protection of the health and safety of students, employees and the public by providing access to information regarding the safe handling of chemicals and biological agents that are present in the workplace.

Table of Contents

Section I | Introduction

  • Scope
  • Responsibilities

Section II | How to Prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Training Requirements

Section III | Hazardous Chemicals

  • General
  • Irritants
  • Simple Asphyxiants
  • Anesthetics
  • Hepatotoxic Agents
  • Nephrotoxic Agents
  • Neurotoxic Agents
  • Hematopoietic Agents
  • Carcinogens
  • Reproductive Hazards
  • Acutely Toxic Chemicals
  • Extremely Toxic Chemicals

Section IV | Labels

  • General
  • Special Labeling Requirements

Section V | Handling of Chemicals

  • General
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • Personnel Protective Equipment
  • Eye Protection
  • Lab Coats
  • Glove Selection
  • Use of Respirators
  • Designated Areas

Section VI | Chemical Storage and Transportation

  • Segregation
  • Chemical Storage Outside the Lab
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquid Storage
  • Chemical Stability
  • Shock Sensitive Chemicals
  • Designated Areas
  • Compressed Gases
  • Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals

Section VII | Room Signs

Section VIII | Laboratory Chemical Waste Disposal Guidelines

Section IX | Material Safety Data Sheets

Section X | Chemical Spills

  • General Information
  • Spill Cleanup Supplies
  • Hazardous Spills

Section XI | Medical Consultation

Section XII | Personal Contamination

  • Chemicals Spilled Over a Large Area of the Body
  • Chemicals in the Eyes
  • Ingestion of Hazardous Chemicals

Section XIII | Fire and Fire Related Emergencies

Section XIV | Industrial Toxicology Overview

  • Dose-Response Relationships
  • Routes of Entry
  • Health Effects

Section XV | Notices to Employees

  • Employee Rights
  • Protective Equipment
  • Educational Programs

Section XVI | Standard Operating Procedures & Fact Sheets

Laboratory Safety Fact Sheets 

Standard Operating Procedures

Section XVII | Glossary

Section XVIII | References


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