Environmental, Health and Safety Services


Employers must inform personnel of hazardous chemicals/products used in the workplace.


EHS will monitor the overall effectiveness of the program, provide coordinator training, conduct departmental evaluations and/or chemical laboratory inspections, assist with personnel training, and provide technical assistance.


Departments must designate responsible persons to coordinate the requirements of this program with employees/students and ensure that all persons working with hazardous products are trained and knowledgeable. Coordinators include supervisors, Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Officers (LCHO), Principle Investigators, Laboratory Safety Committees, or other designated person(s).

Designated Coordinator(s)/Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Officer

Designated departmental coordinators or laboratory chemical hygiene officers (LCHO) are responsible for implementing the aspects of this program on a local level, which may be for an entire department (common for non-laboratory units), or for his/her unit of responsibility (i.e. each chemical laboratory). Coordinators shall:

  • Review requirements of this program.
  • Review all chemicals/products being used by departmental personnel and determine if they need to be included in the plan, or not.
  • Compile a Safety Data Sheet for each chemical / product in use (developing a Chemical List or inventory is helpful in ensuring SDS inventory is complete). Note that the use of chemicals in research labs must be reported by registering your chemicals annually in the EHS Safety Management System
  • Ensure appropriate means of communication are established for informing the chemical/product users of the associated hazards and precautionary measures.
  • Review the plan/documentation annually and update as necessary.


Employees/students must act responsibly when using, handling, or storing hazardous products, and shall be informed of:

  • The location and relative contents of the written program,
  • Any labeling system being used in the area (and how to understand it),
  • The location of Safety Data Sheets (and how to use them), and
  • Information relative to the hazards and/or work procedures (i.e. training).


Contractors must comply with all local, state, and federal safety requirements, and assure that all of their employees performing work on Virginia Tech properties have been suitably trained. Contractors must also comply with the requirements outlines in Virginia Tech's Contractor Safety Program.