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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

Specific Requirements

The following activities, acts and/or articles are prohibited when using hazardous chemicals in the laboratory or classroom:

  1. Contact lenses are prohibited unless absolutely necessary.  If contacts must be worn, chemical safety goggles shall be worn at all times.
  1. Open-toed shoes, sandals, etc. shall not be worn when working with hazardous chemicals.
  1. Employees and students with exposed skin above the kneed shall be required to wear a disposable lab coat when handling any hazardous chemical.
  1. Intentional smelling or tasting of chemicals is prohibited unless directed by instructor.
  1. Horseplay, practical jokes or other behavior which might confuse, startle or distract other personnel is prohibited.
  1. Pipeting or siphoning by mouth prohibited.
  1. Students are not allowed to take chemicals outside of the classroom setting.
  1. Compressed gas cylinders shall not be moved, handled, or connected by students.
  1. The use of broken glassware is prohibited.
  1. Eating, drinking, gum chewing, or application of cosmetics while in laboratories or other areas where hazardous chemicals are used is prohibited.  Special activities that are conducted in laboratories or other areas that also serve as classrooms shall be allowed only after ensuring all potential sources of chemical contamination have been mitigated.  For example, food to be eaten inside the classroom shall only be allowed after all countertops, desks, and surface areas in which food may be placed is cleaned and wiped dry with a suitable detergent solution.  In such cases, food and drink shall not be consumed near chemical containers.
  1. Food or drinks shall not be placed in refrigerators, oven or hot plates which have been used for chemical storage, heating or cooling.
  1. Chemical glassware shall not be used as a container for food or drinks. 
  1. Allowing chemicals to volatilize as a method of waste disposal is prohibited.
  1. Students may not work with hazardous chemicals unless an instructor is present.

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