The University Chemical Hygiene Officer oversees the conduct of the Laboratory Safety Program and establishes policies and procedures for the safe handling of hazardous materials in laboratories. Common hazardous materials include the use of experimental chemicals with unknown toxicity, carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and chemicals with high toxicity.
The Chemical Hygiene Officer ensures that research involving hazardous materials is conducted in accordance with the OSHA Lab Standards. Researchers wishing to use hazardous materials must do so in accordance with the University's Chemical Hygiene Plan. The Plan also defines the University's expectations for each user of hazardous materials with regard to safe work practices, emergency procedures, individual responsibilities, waste management procedures, training, security procedures, procurement of material, inventory control, and regulatory limits and requirements.