1.2 Scope and Application

The University of Minnesota (UMN) CHP applies to all laboratories covered by the OSHA Laboratory Standard where 'laboratory use' of hazardous chemicals occurs. Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals is defined as the handling or use of such chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The handling or use of chemicals occurs on a 'laboratory scale'. That is, the work involves relatively small quantity containers which can easily and safely be manipulated by one person.
  2. Multiple chemical procedures or chemical substances are used.
  3. Protective laboratory practices are followed and equipment is available and in common use to minimize the potential for employee exposures to hazardous chemicals.

At a minimum, this definition covers employees (including student employees, technicians, supervisors, lead researchers, and physicians) who use chemicals in teaching, research, and clinical laboratories at the University of Minnesota. Certain non-traditional laboratory settings may be included under this standard at the option of individual departments within the University. Also, it is the policy of the University that laboratory students, volunteers, and other unpaid lab members, while not legally covered under this standard, will be given training commensurate with the level of hazard associated with their laboratory work.

The OSHA Lab Standard and UMN CHP do not apply to laboratories whose function is to produce commercial quantities of material. Also, where the use of hazardous chemicals provides no potential for employee exposure, such as in procedures using chemically impregnated test media and commercially prepared test kits, this standard will not apply.

Review and Update of Chemical Hygiene Plan

On an annual basis, the UMN CHP will be reviewed and evaluated for effectiveness by Health, Safety, and Risk Management and updated as necessary. Any changes in the CHP will be transmitted to College and Departmental Safety Officers, who are responsible for conveying these to the research community.