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Chemical Hygiene

Program Description

The University of Pittsburgh Chemical Hygiene Program has been designed to help University faculty, staff, and students to use hazardous chemicals safely and in a manner that complies with prevailing state and federal regulations and protocols.

The purpose of the University Chemical Hygiene Program, and specifically the Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF), is to describe proper practices, procedures, equipment, and facilities that function together to help ensure that all affected individuals are protected from the effects of hazardous chemicals in their work area. Each affected department or unit will appoint a chemical-hygiene officer who is responsible for developing and updating department or unit -specific aspects of the Chemical Hygiene Plan, and for the general implementation and monitoring of the total University plan within their area of responsibility.

Student Compliance

Although the federal chemical hygiene regulations on which this plan is based apply only to employees, staff and faculty must make every effort to ensure that students are also provided with the information and training needed to work with hazardous chemicals in a safe and healthful way.

Chemical Hygiene Officers

Each department or other administrative unit which uses laboratory chemicals must appoint a Chemical Hygiene Officer.  The Chemical Hygiene Officer assists department chairs, principal investigators and laboratory supervisors in the implementation of the Chemical Hygiene Plan and unit-specific procedures.

Chemical Hygiene Officers Committee Members and Responsibilities

Chemical Hygiene Links