Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Program Summary

This program and the associated tools are provided to support departmental efforts to manage personnel exposure to hazardous products, and to meet requirements established by regulatory and industry standards, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for “Hazard Communication” (29 CFR 1910.1200), “Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories” (29 CFR 1910.1450), the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Worker Protection Standard” for pesticides, and the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) standards for hazardous waste disposal. 

Applies to:

Chemical Safety applies to personnel that work with hazardous chemicals/products in laboratory and non-laboratory settings. Personnel are expected to use work practices developed in accordance with this program to prevent injuries and illnesses that could result from exposure to hazardous chemicals used in the workplace, and follow manufacturer's recommendations for safe use, storage, and disposal of all hazardous products.

This program applies to chemicals/products which pose a physical or health hazard to personnel in the workplace, such as:

Physical Hazards
Combustible liquids
Compressed gases
Organic peroxides
Unstable (reactive) chemicals
Water-reactive chemicals
Health Hazards
Highly toxic chemicals
Target organ effects
  • Hepatotoxins (liver)
  • Nephrotoxins (kidney)
  • Neurotoxins (nervous system)
  • Hemato-poietic system (blood)
  • Pulmonary (lungs)
  • Reproductive (chromosomal damage or fetal effects)
  • Cutaneous (dermal layer of the skin)
  • Optical (eye or vision)

It is the manufacturer's or importer's responsibility to evaluate the product for hazardous properties and provide information to the distributors and end users. Employers are responsible for communicating chemical/product hazards to personnel so that appropriate precautions may be taken to reduce or eliminate potential overexposure.


Each department using hazardous chemicals/products must designate a responsible person(s) to coordinate this program, which includes chemical/product review, maintaining appropriate documentation, conducting training, and ensuring proper use, storage, and disposal.

Departments in a non-laboratory setting must implement a Hazard Communication Plan.

Chemical laboratories must implement a Chemical Hygiene Plan.