University Safety and Assurances

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 CHP describes policies, procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment, and work practices that are capable of protecting laboratory personnel from the health hazards in laboratories.

The Principal Investigators, laboratory supervisors, or individual departments must prepare a CHP and standard operating procedures for 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. The .pdf version can be used to view and print the CHP.

For training on the UWM CHP, sign up via the Employee Development Events Calendar or contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer regarding future training sessions.

Chemical Hygiene Plan (For Viewing and Printing)
Chemical Hygiene Plan (For Downloading and Revising)

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 B: Limits of Exposure to Toxic and Hazardous Substances
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 Safety and Professional Services, Safety and Buildings Division- List of Administrative Codes
Appendix F: Laboratory Inspection (Audit) Form
Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedure For the Use of Hazardous Chemicals
Appendix H: Department of University Safety and Assurances Home Page
Appendix I: Worker’s Compensation Information and Forms
Appendix J: Accident/ Incident Reporting
Appendix K: University of Wisconsin System Guidelines for Students Working Alone Safely
Appendix L: Chemical Abbreviations Used for Labeling Secondary Containers in This Lab
Appendix M: Training Record Template
Appendix N: Lab Hibernation/ Shutdown Template
Appendix O: Training Matrix