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

Chemical Hygiene Plan


The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has promulgated a standard entitled Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 8CCR5191, which applies to all laboratories that use hazardous chemicals. It specifies that a written chemical hygiene plan must be developed and implemented that includes the necessary work practices, procedures, and policies to ensure that employees are protected from hazardous laboratory chemicals.

Westmont's Chemical Hygiene Plan meets and exceeds the requirement by incorporating not only the laboratories, but also all workspaces on campus that deal with MSDS-governed chemicals. This plan has been prepared for use by each department chair, laboratory supervisor, designated responsible agent, and laboratory worker (including students) in the safe use of these chemicals.

In addition to the college-wide Chemical Hygiene Plan, each department using MSDS-governed chemicals is responsible for developing a Departmental Safety Plan to address the regulatory requirements specific to each workspace, such as any applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Chemical Inventories. The Departmental Safety Plan must also address health and safety concerns which are not part of the regulatory chemical hygiene plan, such as biosafety, ergonomics, and radiation safety.

This Chemical Hygiene Plan sets forth procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment, and work practices used to protect employees and students from the health hazards presented by the use of MSDS-governed chemicals at Westmont College. Components of the Plan include responsible personnel, standard operating procedures for safety and health, protective control measures (and proper operation of those controls), provisions for training and information dissemination, provisions for medical examination and consultation, special precautions, and identification of particularly hazardous substances. The Plan cannot be considered complete until each workspace using MSDS-governed chemicals adds the laboratory specific information, policies, and procedures to this Plan, usually in the form of supplemental information appearing on the departmental page or its links.

All personnel using MSDS-governed chemical shall receive training on this Chemical Hygiene Plan and shall follow the procedures outlined here and within their individual Departmental Safety Plan. This Plan shall be reviewed, evaluated, and updated at least annually, as shall each Departmental Safety Plan.