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Chemical Hygiene

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  1. Introduction:

    The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Chemical Hygiene Plan* (CHP) has been designed to fulfill the Cal/OSHA requirement regarding "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories", California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, General Industry Safety Orders, Section 5191**. These regulations mandate that where hazardous chemicals are used in the workplace, the employer shall develop and carry out the provisions of a written CHP which is:

    1. Capable of protecting employees from the health hazards present in the workplace
    2. Capable of keeping exposures below Cal/OSHA-regulated limits
    3. Readily accessible to employees
    4. Reviewed annually and updated as appropriate (see annual review section)
  2. The CNSM CHP consists of a bound notebook containing the following written materials:
    1. Summary page
    2. The CNSM Emergency Contact List
    3. The University Injury and Illness Prevention Program (1 page reference to larger document), The University HAZCOM Plan (1 page reference to larger document), and the University Emergency Operations/Multi-Hazard Plan (1 page reference to larger document)
    4. The CNSM-specific HAZOM measures
      1. MANDATORY EH&S Training Policies and Documents
        • Notice to New Hires (1 page Cover Memo)
        • CNSM Faculty Handbook-Safety Section
        • Contract for Teaching Associates
        • CNSM Safety Program Form
        • University Employee Safety Handbook
        • CNSM Safety Program Form-Alternate Training Document)
        • SRM Training Examples (3 pages)
        • Safety Training Document - Sign-up Sheet
        • "Missing Safety Program Form" Memo
        • CNSM Disciplinary Action Policy
      2. HAZCOM Policies and Procedures
        • Official Workplace Safety Bulletin Board
        • NFPA Key Sticker & Room Label
        • Yellow Label Policy
        • Green Label Addendum
        • Preservative Code Key
        • Workplace Inspection form
        • Incident Report Form
        • CNSM Safety Website
        • Field Trip Safety Manual
        • Watercraft Safety Manual
    5. The CNSM Safety Program Manual plus specific supplements (referenced, not included)
    6. CNSM refresher/continuing education "Green Sheet" Safety Memo system (Index & samples)
    7. Specialized training (as provided both by CNSM and SRM)
      • Compressed Gas/Cryogenic Material Safety Exam
      • Safety Requirements for LN2
      • DEA Drug Protocol
      • Needle Handling Policy
      • Fetal Health Policy
      • Hazardous Waste Collection and Labeling Policy
      • Hazardous Waste Sticker
      • Hazardous Material Compatibility Chart
      • Hazardous Waste Summary
      • Cal/OSHA Regulated Carcinogen Policy
      • HF Handling
      • Bloodborne Pathogen
    8. Specific protocols to address the needs of service workers and other ancillary persons
      • Access Policy Handout
      • Guest Faculty
    9. Special parallel safety policy/documents to address student needs (not Cal/OSHA driven)
      • Form Box Poster for Departments
      • Student Safety & Verification Form
      • Instructions for Student Safety & Verification Forms
    10. Project Safety Review and Authorization process to review CNSM research/staff projects
    11. Regulations and definitions
    12. Annual program review/update documentation
  3. The CNSM CHP operates by employing the following elements:
    1. Responsible personnel (qualified employees providing responsible oversight)
    2. Documented live introductory EH&S training orientation or videotape alternate (see II-4-a)
    3. Standard operating procedures (see II-4 & II-7)
    4. Established criteria used to determine and implement control measures to reduce employee exposure to hazardous chemicals/materials.
    5. Control measures including fume hoods, PPE etc.
    6. Special control measures for particularly hazardous chemicals (see II-7)
    7. Hazardous and routine operations approval procedures (see II-10)
    8. Employee information and training including continuing education (see II-6)
    9. Medical monitoring/consultation
    10. Recordkeeping.
  4. The responsibilities of the CNSM Chemical Hygiene Officer are as follows:
    1. Work with administrators and other employees to develop and implement appropriate chemical hygiene policies and practices.
    2. Provide technical guidance to College Departments.
    3. Coordinate assessment of employee exposure to hazardous chemicals.
    4. Maintain currency on legal requirements concerning regulated substances.
    5. Seek ways to improve the Chemical Hygiene Program.
    6. Review and evaluate the effectiveness of the CHP at least annually and update as needed.
  5. The Current CNSM Chemical Hygiene Officer is John de la Cuesta of the CNSM Safety Office.

**Safety, health and environmental issues for non-laboratory workplaces are governed by other, applicable, regulations. Non-laboratory CNSM employees are, however, protected by the CHP policies and procedures wherever possible.