Chemical Hygiene Plan
5.0 Hazard Recognition
The PI/Lab Supervisor with the assistance of the SO/CHO is responsible for the recognition of hazards related to the use, storage, and disposal of laboratory chemicals. The two most important aspects to the recognition process are ensuring that laboratory personnel have access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and an inventory of laboratory chemicals used and stored is maintained.
5.1 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
MSDS are documents prepared by the manufacturer that contain the following information:
The PI/Lab Supervisor with the assistance of the SO/CHO is responsible for ensuring that MSDS are readily available. MSDS are available online (msdsonline.com) for most laboratory chemicals used at Westmont . For those chemicals for which MSDS are not available on the Web site, MSDS must be obtained and maintained at the location where the chemicals are used.
The PI/Lab Supervisor with the assistance of the SO/CHO is responsible for providing training regarding MSDS retrieval on-line and documenting the training. The PI or SO/CHO is also responsible for ensuring MSDS are accessible in the event of power failure.
5.2 Hazardous Chemical Inventory
The PI/Lab Supervisor with the assistance of the SO/CHO is responsible for maintaining a chemical inventory which includes all chemicals acquired, used, stored or transferred in the laboratory and uploading this information to the online Chemical Hygiene Plan.
The PI shall make available, and make known the location of, reference materials on the hazards, safe handling, storage and disposal of laboratory chemicals including, but not limited to, MSDS.
5.3 Labeling of Chemicals
All chemicals are required to be labeled with the following:
Chemical users should:
5.4 Laboratory-Developed Chemicals:
Chemicals produces in the laboratory require special consideration.