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Technical Issues Delay Chemical Hygiene Plan Assessment

Technical issues have disrupted the online Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) Assessment module. The system is NOT functioning correctly at press time.

Many of you tried to take the assessment right away, and we thank you for your timely response. Unfortunately, a system crash destroyed some assessment results, and some individuals will have to retake the assessment. We apologize for this, and are working to get the system up and functioning.

If you took the assessment this week, thank you. Please email James Turnbull with your eRaider user name to see if your score was recorded.

At this point, we recommend that all faculty, staff and students who work with chemicals and/or hazards in Texas Tech laboratories, studios, shops and other facilities complete their assessment after May 15.

After May 15, the assessment will be available on the Environmental Health & Safety online training Web page. The short, open-book assessment is meant to verify those individuals have reviewed the revised CHP.

Once you have signed in to the online training site with your eRaider information, scroll down to the Chemical Hygiene Plan Training section and click the “Start Training” link. Read the CHP sections and then be sure to follow the instructions to close your browser and sign back in before taking the “Final Exam”.

EH&S will work with laboratory and workplace managers to make sure their groups have completed the assessment. Deadlines are:
  • Aug. 15 for current faculty, staff and students
  • Oct. 1 of first year for anyone joining the university after Aug. 15, 2013
The revision to the plan was completed early this year. It clearly defines roles, responsibilities and procedures around laboratory and workplace safety. The revised CHP is posted on the EH&S website.

The revised CHP and this verification program are a result of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation into a 2010 incident in a TTU chemistry laboratory that left a graduate student seriously injured. Following its investigation, 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.