Chemical Safety


Included below are guidelines to help you prepare a chemical hygiene plan, as well as necessary appendices and standard operating procedures.

Chemical Hygiene Plan Template

The Chemical Hygiene Plan Template is a generic template that can be used to create a lab specific chemical hygiene plan. The template includes sections on a number of chemical hygiene plan related topics that may or may not apply to your specific lab. You must take the time to go through the template, add information specific to your lab, and delete any sections which are not relevant to your laboratory operations. This not a required template, your chemical hygiene plan can take any from you wish as long as it contains the same relevant information such as that found in the template. As part of the CHP each lab must designate a Chemical Hygiene Officer that is responsible to maintaining and updating the CHP as needed and at least annually.


Appendix 1 – Laboratory Specific Standard Operating Procedure

In addition to the base chemical hygiene plan, you must include your own laboratory specific SOP’s in this Appendix. Please attach your own operating procedures; there is no template for this Appendix. The SOP should be a simple easy to understand step-by-step description of the procedures involved.

Appendix 2 – Lab Self-Audit checklist

Follow the Laboratory Self-Audit Checklist. See also the Question Guidance used in the self-audit.

Appendix 3 – Lab Close-Out Survey checklist

Refer to the Lab Closure and Relocation Guide

Appendix 4 – Emergency Information and Contact Numbers

Your lab should have a current copy of the University of Utah Emergency Response Guide posted in the lab. If you need a copy of this guide please contact OEHS at 801-581-6590. In addition to the general guide, this section should detail any emergency procedures specific to your lab. This appendix in your CHP should include 24 hour contact information for the lab PI, the lab supervisor, and all lab personnel.

Appendix 5 – Hazardous Materials disposal procedures

Refer to the Hazardous Materials disposal procedures

Appendix 6 – Select Carcinogens

Refer to the Select Carcinogens list

Appendix 7 – Laboratory emergency procedures during power outages

It is important to remember that some equipment cannot be turned off and certain other pieces of equipment do not shut themselves off when there is a power outage. Pre-plan specific procedures for your laboratory while adhering to the following:

  • Close chemical fume hood sashes. No work is allowed in fume hoods during a power outage.
  • Ensure that all chemical containers are secured with caps, parafilm, etc.
  • All non-essential electrical devices should be turned off. Keep the doors of refrigerators and freezers closed. Check to ensure large lasers, radio frequency generators, etc have been turned off.
  • Turn off all gas cylinders at the tank valves.
  • If a low flow of an inert gas is being used to “blanket” a reactive compound or mixture, it may be appropriate to leave the flow of gas on. The decision to do this should be part of the written Standard Operating Procedure specific for each lab in Appendix 1.
  • Check all cryogenic vacuum traps (N2, CO2 and solvent). The evaporation of trapped materials may cause dangerous conditions.
  • Check all pressure, temperature, air, or moisture sensitive materials and equipment. This includes vacuum work, distillations, glove boxes used for airless /moistureless reactions.


Use the following files to assist in the development of your chemical hygiene plan

Chemical Hygiene Plan Template

Chemical Hygiene Training Record Template