01. Introduction

Chemical Hygiene Plan

1.  The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), like many other complex teaching and research institutions, uses a wide variety of chemicals. The NPS Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) provides a written program that sets forth procedures, laboratory and personal protective equipment, and work practices capable of protecting employees from the health hazards presented by laboratory use of hazardous chemicals, within various laboratories at NPS. In this context, laboratory use of hazardous chemicals refers to laboratories where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis

2.   This document is the overarching NPS Chemical Hygiene Plan. It is written in a format such that it can be reproduced locally, modified slightly as indicated below, to become the lab-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and other parts of this instruction. As such, this plan contains requirements for laboratory chemical hygiene practices designed to protect faculty, staff, students, volunteers, contractual services employees, visitors, and the environment from the potential physical and health hazards of chemical use that may occur as a result of school-related laboratory activities. This program is also designed to comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1450 regulations and to achieve compliance with the OSHA law which mandates that employers must provide a safe and healthful working environment for their employees.

3.   The NPS CHP shall be made readily available to all employees.  NPSINST 5100.6 - Chemical Hygiene Plan

4.   Scope. This program applies to all laboratories at NPS or any of its satellite facilities or locations including but not limited to research, instructional, analytical, and/or academic laboratories. Requirements contained within are in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1450 regulations.