Chemical Hygiene Plan
9.0 Chemical Exposure Monitoring and Medical Surveillance
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.
Note: "Medical Surveillance" is the language used in OSHA standards and publications for what is Medical Follow-up at Westmont College. This language will thus be used in the rest of this section.
The handling, use, and storage of highly hazardous chemicals, such as highly toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and reproductive toxins, may require that laboratory personnel be monitored for exposure, examined by a physician for medical symptoms and signs and/or enter into a medical surveillance program. Based on a hazard assessment and/or a workplace evaluation, the following types of personnel monitoring may be conducted to assess potential chemical exposures:
Medical consultations, examinations, and testing are provided to personnel who may have been exposed to hazardous chemicals. Medical surveillance is provided to personnel who work with certain chemicals or are at risk for exposure to chemical concentrations that may be above regulatory and/or consensus standards. Appendix C provides guidance on the medical surveillance process.
9.1.1 Personal Monitoring
Personal monitoring is conducted to determine exposure levels or for the need for medical consultation, examination and/or surveillance.
Monitoring will be arranged if personnel are exposed to any chemical regulated by a standard which requires monitoring or if there is reason to believe that exposure levels for that substance may exceed the action level or exposure limit. Examples where personal monitoring may be conducted include when (1) chemicals are not used in a fumehood and/or (2) personnel develop signs or symptoms associated with hazardous chemicals.
Monitoring will be arranged by the chair of a department if it occurs in a lab setting or by the Public Safety Department in all other cases.
9.1.2 General Area or Process Monitoring:
9.1.3 Surface Monitoring:
9.1.4 Recordkeeping of Exposure Monitoring
9.2.1 Medical Consultation, Examination, and Surveillance (See Appendix C for more information)
Note: Employees are responsible for informing the PI/Department Chair and SO/CHO of any work modifications ordered by the physician as a result of exposure.
9.2.2 Recordkeeping of Medical Consultations, Examinations, and Surveillance