Chemical Hygiene

Chemical Hygiene Plan: 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.

Training: Chemical Hygiene training must be completed prior to any work in a labortory that may expose a worker to chemicals. Chemical Hygiene training is required tri-annually. Several training options exist depending on your role with Pitt. Review the Chemical Hygiene Training page for more information.

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 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

Other Resources:

Guideline: Controlling Chemical Exposures in Labs
Guideline: Laboratory Attire