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Occupational Health and Safety

Chemical Hygiene Plan

The purpose of this Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is to define work practices and procedures to help assure that laboratory faculty and students at the Longwood University laboratory facilities are protected from the safety and health hazards associated with the chemicals with which they work. The CHP is part of the University's compliance with the 29 CFR 1910.1400 OSHA Laboratory Standard. For simplicity, this standard will be referred to as the Lab Standard in this document.

The CHP addresses safety and health-related practices and policies common to all laboratories. Since few laboratory chemicals are without hazards, general precautions for handling all chemicals are presented here, rather than specific guidelines for particular chemicals. Individual laboratories shall develop their own specific laboratory methods to augment this CHP when additional safety and health requirements are necessary.


Confined Space Procedure

The purpose of this procedure is to assist in preventing accidents, illnesses, and injuries; increase safety awareness; meet requirements of environmental health, occupational safety, and safety compliance laws and regulations, to include confined and restricted spaces; and establish safety responsibilities for members of the university community and visitors to university-owned or occupied property during their entry.


Electrical Safe Work Practices

The Electrical Safe Work Practices procedure is established to prevent electrical related injuries, promote compliance with all applicable regulations, identify and provide the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and establish required labeling on all electrical components as required by compliance standards.


Hazard Communication Procedure 29 CFR 1910.1200

The reasoning behind the Hazard Communication Procedure is simple - employees, as well as students that use them, have both a need and a right to know the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to in the workplace, or labs. They also need to know what protective measures are available to prevent exposure to or injuries caused by chemicals. Regardless of your position, job function, or responsibility here on the campus, if you are involved with chemicals, example replacing Xerox cartiridges, HazCom affects you. Aside from providing important workplace safety procedures, HazCom and Right-to-Know are legal requirements. It applies to all non-laboratory workplaces where  employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals/products. Employees shall be trained prior to being exposed to chemicals.Laboratory personnel are also required, under the 29 CFR 1910.1400 Chemical Hygiene Plan, to carry out the provisions of this Procedure. Compliance includes Faculty providing the appropriate information to students before they  handle, use, or come in contact with such chemicals.

Hazard Communication Procedure (pdf)


Lockout / Tagout Procedure

The Lockout / Tagout procedure establishes minimum requirements and meets the Longwood University EHS&EM Policy for the controlling of energy sources before service or maintenance work is performed on equipment in order to prevent injury and to promote compliance with applicable safety and health regulations.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procedure

The purpose of this procedure is to assist each department in protecting employees from exposure to workplace hazards, and to facilitate university compliance with state and federal safety-related regulatory requirements. PPE is not a substitute for good engineering controls, administrative controls, or good work practices, but shall be used in conjunction with those controls to ensure the safety and health of employees.