Chemical Hygiene Plan

UWM Chemical Hygiene Plan

The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is intended to cover and provide guidelines for individuals working in the campus laboratory community. The Campus CHP describes policies, procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment, and work practices that are capable of protecting laboratory personnel from the health hazards in laboratories.

For training on the UWM CHP, look for training dates listed on our website calendar of events or contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer regarding future training sessions

Chemical Hygiene Plan (rev Feb 2022)

The Principal Investigators, laboratory supervisors, or individual departments must prepare a Laboratory Specific CHP as well as standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Highly Hazardous Chemicals or Equipment used their laboratories. They may choose to customize the Word.doc version below to suit their individual needs and more accurately portray the hazards and controls of their laboratories.

Laboratory Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Documentation Word Document

(for Downloading and Filling in/ revising lab specific information)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction
  1. Purpose
  2. Scope and Application
  3. Coordination with other University Standards
  4. Responsibilities A. University-Wide
    B. Schools, Colleges and Non-Academic Departments
    C. Department of University safety and Assurances
    D. Laboratory Supervisors and Principal Investigators
    E. Group Safety Representatives
    F. Faculty, Staff and Laboratory Personnel
  5. Acknowledgements
Chapter 2: Standard Operating Procedures
  1. Chemical Procedures A. Laboratory-Specific Standard Operating Procedures
    B. Prior Approval
    C. Chemical Waste Disposal
    D. Other Hazardous Materials
    I. Biohazard Material Procedures
    II. Radioactive Material Procedures
    III. Controlled Substances
    E. Information Sources
    I. Material Safety Data Sheets
    II. Prudent Practices in Laboratories
    III. The American Chemical Society’s “Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories”
    IV. University Safety and Assurances Website
    V. Patty’s Toxicological
  2. Emergency Procedures A. Emergency Procedures for Chemical Spills/ Exposures
    B. General Emergency Procedures
  3. General Safety Procedures A. Laboratory Use
    I. Chemical Labeling
    II. Laboratory Signage Program
    III. General Safe Laboratory Practices
    IV. Planning for Laboratory Shutdown
    V. Other Laboratory Use Safety Guidance
    B. Non-Chemical Safety Procedures
Chapter 3: Criteria for Implementation of Control Measures
  1. Engineering Controls A. Fume Hoods
    B. Safety Shields
    C. Biological Safety Cabinets
    D. Other Containment Devices
  2. Personal Protective Equipment A. Skin Protection
    B. Eye Protection
    C. Respiratory Protection
  3. Hygiene Practices
  4. Administrative Controls
Chapter 4: Management of Chemical Fume Hoods and Other Protective Equipment
  1. Monitoring Safety Equipment A. Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets
    I. Laboratory Personnel
    II. Facility Services or University Safety and Assurances Staff
    B. Emergency Eyewashes and Showers, Fire Extinguishers, and Other Protective Equipment
    C. General Laboratory Monitoring
  2. Acceptable Operating Ranges
  3. Maintenance
  4. Training
  5. New Systems
Chapter 5: Laboratory Personnel Information and Training
  1. Information
  2. Training
  3. Updates
Chapter 6: Medical Consultation and Examination
  1. Laboratory Personnel Who Work With Hazardous Substances
  2. Medical Examinations and Consultations
  3. Worker’s Compensation Procedures and Forms
  4. Information Provided to Physician
  5. Information Provided to University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Chapter 7: Additional Laboratory Personnel Protection for Work with Particularly Hazardous Substances
Chapter 8: Recordkeeping & Review and Update of Chemical Hygiene Plan
  1. Recordkeeping
  2. Review and Update of Chemical Hygiene Plan




Table 1: Poisonous Gases
Table 2: Shock Sensitive Chemicals
Table 3: Pyrophoric Chemicals
Table 4: Peroxide-Forming Chemicals
Table 5: Carcinogens, Reproductive Toxins, or Highly Toxic Chemicals



Appendix A: 29 CFR 1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
Appendix A to 1910.1450 – National Research Council Recommendations Concerning Chemical Hygiene in Laboratories (Non-Mandatory)
Appendix B to 1910.1450 – References (Non-Mandatory)
Appendix B: Limits of Exposure to Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Glossary to Appendix B – Limits of Exposure to Toxic and Hazardous Substances pdf version, Adobe Acrobat Required
Appendix C: OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Appendix D: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fact Sheet
Appendix E : Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Safety and Buildings Division- List of Administrative Codes
Appendix F: Laboratory Inspection Form Example
Appendix G Standard Operating Procedure for the Use of Hazardous Chemicals  (SOP Template and Prior Approval form)
Appendix H: Department of University Safety and Assurances – Staff and Services
Appendix I: Worker’s Compensation Information and Forms
Appendix J: Accident/Incident Reporting
Appendix_K Guidelines for Working Alone or After Hours at University of Wisconsin Facilities pdf version, Adobe Acrobat Required
Appendix_L: Chemical Abbreviations Key to be Used for Labeling Secondary Containers in This Lab
Appendix_M Training Record Template Word Document
Appendix N Lab Hibernation/ Shutdown Checklist pdf version, Adobe Acrobat Required
Appendix_O: Training Matrix pdf version, Adobe Acrobat Required