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Contact Information
Office of
Public Safety
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Chemical Hygiene Plan

Westmont's Chemical Hygiene Plan

This website comprises Westmont's Chemical Hygiene Plan as required of all employers with laboratories by California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The links to the left will get you quickly to any section in the site.

The numbered topics listed there apply to the entire college. Each department using MSDS-governed chemicals has a link to a page showing additional information applicable just to that department.

For convenience and safety, a link to our customized MSDS database is accessible from every page.

All employment-related chemical incidents and exposures must be reported to Human Resources at 805/565x6101. All student incidents and exposures must be reported to the class professor or to department staff. Make your report prior to treatment if at all possible, or immediately after treatment in emergency situations.

We wish to acknowledge and thank Stanford University,
whose Chemical Hygiene Plan website is recognized by experts
as a model for others, and thus served as the model for ours.

Here's What's Here...

You will find below a brief description of each of the major segments of this Plan

Foreword - Describes the legislation mandating our Chemical Hygiene Plan, and summarizes its requirements.
1.0 Introduction - Explains Westmont's particular goals and objectives in developing a Chemical Hygiene Plan.
2.0 Definitions and Acronyms
- Defines the various terms and acronyms used throughout the Plan.
3.0 Designation of Responsibilities
- Outlines which Westmont parties and/or individuals are responsible for different elements of the Plan.
4.0 Operating Procedures
- Differentiates between different types of operating procedures and indicates where in the plan they may be found. Operating procedures are specific instructions for departmental procedures.
5.0 Hazard Recognition
- Identifies the two main sources of hazard recognition: MSDS and chemical inventories.
6.0 Protective Controls
- Describes Administrative (policy) controls and Engineering (physical) controls that promote safety. These are general controls applicable to a variety of settings.
7.0 Personal Protective Equipment
- Explains the different types of protective equipment used and lists their maintenance schedules.
8.0 Training and Recordkeeping
- Outlines the frequency and content of training as well as record keeping policies.
9.0 Monitoring and Medical Follow-up
- Describes the different types of chemical-related monitoring required, and the procedures for monitoring the medical progress of workers injured or exposed to harmful chemicals.
10.0 Regulated Carcinogens
- Addresses policy regarding and all levels of handling of Cal/OSHA regulated carcinogens; identifies carcinogens that may be present on campus.
11. Waste Disposal Programs
- Outlines Westmont's two waste disposal programs: lab related and non-lab related.
MSDS Online Database - A database of Material Safety Data Sheets (as required by law) for all 's chemicals used at Westmont.
Academic Departments - Contains department specific designations of responsibilities, standard operating procedures, safety rules and waste disposal programs.
Administrative Departments - Contains department specific designation of responsibilities and standard operating procedures.
Appendix A General Safety Rules - An OSHA Lab Standard appendix with general precautions for working in labs.
Appendix B Sample SOP - One example of a department-specific standard operating procedure used at Westmont.
Appendix C Medical Follow-up - An FAQ regarding Westmont's Medical follow-up policy.