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Revised Chemical Hygiene Plan Now in Effect

The revised Texas Tech Chemical Hygiene Plan is now available for review on the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) website.

An assessment test to verify review of Texas Tech’s revised Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) will be available will be availalbe in a few days. It must be completed by Aug. 15. For anyone joining the university after that date, the deadline is Oct. 1 of their first year at TTU. EH&S will work with laboratory and workplace managers to make sure their groups have completed the assessment.

The CHP revision is the result of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CFB) recommendation following its investigation into a January 2010 laboratory accident that left a graduate student seriously injured.

The CSB recommended that Texas Tech revise and expand its CHP to ensure that physical safety hazards are addressed and controlled, and develop a verification program that ensures that the safety provisions of the CHP are communicated, followed, and enforced at all levels within the university.

The revised Texas Tech CHP addresses a variety of issues including:
  • duties of departmental chemical hygiene officers and laboratory safety captains
  • physical hazards in laboratories
  • faculty, staff and student training
  • faculty and laboratory supervisor responsibilities
  • allowing minors in laboratories
  • hazard identification
  • waste handling
  • procedures for closing a laboratory
The verification process is necessary to meet CSB recommendation. The assessment will take about 30 minutes and is open book.

The assessment was created by the Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).

If you have questions about the CHP, please don’t hesitate to call EH&S at (806) 742-3328.