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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

Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the primary protection provided to users of hazardous chemicals even when control measures are in place and functional.  The use of PPE is mandatory and shall be worn at all times when handling hazardous substances.  For laboratory areas, PPE shall be worn at all times, regardless of whether hazardous chemicals are being used or not.  Additional PPE requirements, as may be needed for certain classes of hazardous chemicals, may be found in the Standard Operating Procedures.

Specific safety equipment such as emergency eyewashes, showers, fire blankets, and other equipment enable quick response to chemical accidents and must remain unobstructed and operational at all times.  Chemical fume hoods are covered in Part 11.

  1. Chemical safety goggles shall be worn at all times be laboratory occupants, including visitors.  For areas other than laboratories, chemical goggles shall be donned prior to the handling of chemical substances.
  1. Chemical safety goggles, if worn by more than one individual, must be sanitized before being reissued.
  1. Gloves and aprons shall be worn as required by specific Standard Operating Procedures.
  1. Gloves shall be worn when handling any chemical denoted with a “skin designation” as listed in OSHA’s Z-Tables.  Z-Tables are contained in the appendix to this CHP.
  1. Gloves and other personal equipment shall be inspected by the user for deterioration before use.  Deteriorated or damaged PPE shall not be used and must be immediately replaced.
  1. Chemically resistant gloves shall be washed after each use to remove residual contaminants from the glove and protect the next wearer.
  1. Students and other classroom occupants must be instructed on the location and proper use of all safety equipment.
  1. Remove laboratory or shop coats immediately upon significant contamination.
  1. Use appropriate respiratory protection when air contaminant concentrations are not sufficiently controlled by fume hoods or other ventilation devices.  District employees must meet all medical qualifications according to the District’s “Respiratory Protection Policy” before being allowed to wear a respirator.
  1. Corrosive acids and flammable substances shall be stored in their respective safety cabinets.
  1. Eyewash outlets shall be capped at all times to ensure a sanitary source of rinse water.  Caps shall be removable in the event of an emergency.
  1. All electrical equipment shall be grounded with a three-prong electrical cord.
  1. Chemical storage rooms or areas shall be locked at all times when not in use.  Instructors shall ensure copies of all keys to all locked chemical storage areas are appropriately marked and submitted to the principal’s office for use in emergency situations.

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