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Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Chemical Hygiene Plan

Below are some guidelines and checklists to use when using chemical hygiene or performing inspections of ULM laboratories.


Chemical Hygiene Work Plan 
Monthly Laboratory Inspection Form Instructions 
Monthly Laboratory Inspection Form 
Emergency Eyewash/Shower Weekly Testing Schedule 
Hazardous Waste Label 
Hazardous Waste Disposal Request Form 
Chemical Hygiene Program


Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

What is GHS?

GHS is a mandate provided by the United Nations, and is governed in the United States by OSHA, primarily. These new guidelines fall under the Hazard Communication Standard and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA.)

Why is it important?

GHS provides uniform management of chemicals that includes a system through which chemical hazards are identified and communicated to all who are potentially exposed.

What has changed?

Product labels, (M)SDSs, Chemical Classifications, and the Standardizing Criteria are all changing with GHS. All current Hazard Communication Programs are required to be updated to match GHS by June 1, 2016.

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How do I make a new GHS compliant label?

Well, its pretty simple actually. Avery provides a free template wizard to make GHS compliant labels. I have put together a power point presentation, here, to help guide you through the process.

Avery's GHS Label Quick-Start Wizard

 What am I responsible for with the changes?

You will be responsible for reading and understanding the new Safety Data Sheets and labels. Any individual transferring or creating a new chemical is responsible for the labeling of that chemical. All facilities are responsible for updating their MSDS books to SDS books as the information is provided.

Manufacturers and Supplies are responsible for updating their product labels and (M)SDSs. Products that we already have are somewhat 'grandfathered' with their current labels. However, if the label is worn or illegible it will need to be replaced with a GHS compliant label.



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GHS Standard with Frequently Used Documents

OSHA's Guidance on GHS