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Safety Plan Help - Introduction

The University Hazardous Materials Procedure requires the preparation and use of Safety Plans for each University area (laboratory, storeroom, extension facility, teaching laboratories, agricultural research facility, shared facilities, etc.) in which "Hazardous Materials" are used or stored. The term "Hazardous Materials" encompasses all physical, biological, chemical, and hazardous processes such as those employing high voltage, high pressure or other hazards. Office personnel using chemicals such as white-out, glue and copying supplies are exempt from filing Safety Plans. New Safety Plans must be requested by submitting a Request for Safety Plan form.




Safety Plans are intended to fulfill several University and legal requirements. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard 29CFR1910.1450, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, requires that all laboratories have written "Chemical Hygiene Plans." The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29CFR1910.1200 requires that employees receive information about chemical hazards in the work area prior to initial assignment. The University requires that Safety Plans be developed for all areas where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous materials or processes.




The individual responsible for a laboratory, shop, storage area, or other workplace where hazardous materials or potentially hazardous processes are used must prepare a Safety Plan and submit it for approval to the Environmental Health and Safety Center. New Safety Plans must be requested by submitting a Request for Safety Plan form. The responsible individual must update the Plan annually and submit changes certifying that the Plan is current and that an effort has been made to minimize chemical waste. The approved Safety Plan must be available to all employees working in the area(s) covered by the Plan.




The Safety Plan will be used by EH&S to determine the frequency of laboratory and facility inspections and to determine if process safety evaluations are required. The safety philosophy is to assure that potential hazards are evaluated and eliminated. Where identified hazards cannot be eliminated, the goal is to assure that no single point failure or operational error should allow immediate exposure to hazards or directly result in injury, death, or equipment loss to personnel, facilities, or the community. The Safety Plan will be used by emergency response personnel and should communicate information about the major hazards in the area that may impact emergency response. The Safety Plan is also a resource for personnel working in a laboratory to know what hazards are present.