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LABORATORY & CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN

Policy, Scope and ApplicationResponsibilities; Employee Information;Employee Training; Student Training; Authorized Chemical Use;Control Measures, General Requirements;Specific Requirements; Protective Equipment; Fume HoodsExposure Monitoring; Medical Surveillance; Incidents; Waste Disposal; Chemical Exposure; Chemical Spills; Appendix

Employee Information

The Science Coordinator shall ensure affected instructors and other affected employees are provided with the following information prior to their initial assignment to a classroom area where hazardous chemicals are used and prior to assignments involving new exposure situations.  The receipt of this information shall be documented and kept on file according to policy.

•  The contents of the OSHA 1910.1450 Standard and its appendices contained in the appendix to this CHP.
•  A copy of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.  Master copies shall be maintained in each principal’s office and made freely available to employees upon request.
•  A listing of permissible exposure limits for OSHA regulated substances (OSHA Z-Tables) and recommended exposure limits for non-OSHA regulated substances as promulgated by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).  OSHA Z-Tables are contained in the appendix to this CHP.  A listing of current ACGIH values can be obtained from the Science Coordinator. 
•  Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) availability.  MSDS sheets are available for all hazardous chemicals and are located in the principal’s office at each school.  Additional copies are located in each classroom affected by this plan (e.g. laboratories).  Master MSDS sheets are maintained in each school office or by the CHO.  Employees may request, and receive, a copy of any MSDS sheet for any hazardous chemical used within the System by requesting a copy from the CHO.
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•  Sign and symptoms associated with exposures to hazardous chemicals used in the laboratory may be difficult to differentiate from common ailments such as the flu or cold.  Employees are therefore advised to report any unusual physical or mental conditions to the System's CHO or designee.  Such signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to, the signs and symptoms identified in Table 1. 

Table 1

Sign and Symptoms Associated with Overexposure

To Hazardous Chemicals

Signs

Symptoms

•  Dry Skin
•  Lethargy
•  Rash
•  Central Nervous System Disorders
•  Abnormal Growths
•  Irregular Heart Beat
•  Unexpected Weight Gain
•  Urination Irregularities
•  Unexpected Weight Loss
•  Excitedness
•  Discolored Skin
•  Slurred Speech
•  Burning Sensation In Eyes Or Throat
•  Impaired Vision
•  Unusual Odors
•  Impaired Hearing
•  Excessive Tiredness
•  High Blood Pressure

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