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Policy Title :
Chemical Hygiene Plan and Chemical Hazard Communication Policy
Policy Number :
V. 12
Responsible Party :
Research
Effective Date :
21/05/2015
Revised Date :
_______________________

Purpose

The policy of PMU is to provide the University community with a safe and healthful work environment and awareness of the hazards which may be posed and the method of handling hazardous chemicals.

Statement :

In compliance with the Saudi Government regulations PMU has developed the Chemical Hazard Communication policy and procedures that creates awareness about the potential health hazards of chemicals to employees. The policy and its procedures ensure that all PMU faculty, students and staff are aware of the CHP for laboratories. Chemical Health Plan provides information and guidance to help conduct lab work safely and in compliance with environmental health and safety regulations at PMU.

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) FOR LABORATORIES

The Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) is an employee designated by PMU, and is qualified by experience, to provide training in the development and implementation of CHP.

Responsibility of the CHO

  1. Keeping the senior administrator (who is the departmental head and a permanent member of environmental health and safety programs at the university) informed on the progress and implementation of the CHP.
  2. Ensuring the safety of personnel working in the laboratory.
  3. Ensuring and monitoring the safe implementation of CHP.
  4. Preparing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relevant to health and safety for lab activities involving hazardous chemicals.
  5. Preparing protective equipment requirements.
  6. Provision for handling particularly hazardous substances.
  7. Provision for designating specific operations that require prior approval

Training and information

Every member of the University community engaged in laboratory operations is required to receive training in the chemical safety information both general and laboratory specific, at the time of initial assignment and prior to exposure with Particularly Hazardous Substances, and hazardous operations.

Minimizing and Controlling Chemical Exposure

  1. Elimination and substitution: removal of hazardous substance from a process or substitution with a less hazardous substance.
  2. Engineering controls: Devices or actions that automatically isolate or limit exposure to hazard.
  3. Chemical fume hood: A device integrated into ventilation system which removes hazardous airborne contaminants by means of unidirectional exhausted airflow.
  4. Personal protective equipment: face mask, gloves, safety goggles, lab coats etc, are the last line of defense against potential exposure.

Work practices: Adhering to proper work practices reduces the chances of exposure to hazardous substances.

Administrative controls

  1. Chemical labeling:

    Every hazardous substance received by or leaving the university is labeled by identifying its level of hazard, appropriate hazard warning, manufacturer, importer details etc.,
  2. Training:

    provide training in CHP prior to first assignment to all lab workers.
  3. Laboratory-specific standard operating procedures (SOPs):

      prepared by knowledgeable laboratory personnel ensuring thorough understanding of procedures by lab workers.
  4. MSDSs:

    Material safety data sheets are prepared by manufacturer describing the physical and chemical properties of the hazardous chemicals. These data sheets provide all information such as toxicity, procedures for cleaning spills and leaks, storage etc.  MSDSs are made available to all lab users.

Additional protection: Principal investigators/lab supervisors provide necessary information and assistance to protect laboratory personnel for work with hazardous chemicals.

Medical Surveillance

PMU’s campus-based medical clinic is intended to address certain work place hazards and provide evaluation, medical consultation and treatment:

  1. In case the laboratory personnel is exposed to hazardous substances
  2. An employee develops signs or symptom’s associated with exposure to hazardous material.
  3. In case an incidence happens as a result of accidental spill or leak in lab
  4. An exposure assessment revealing an overexposure

Chemical Inventory/Life Safety Boxes

  1. Each laboratory, department shall compile and maintain a chemical inventory of all hazardous chemicals, normally present in those areas.
  2. Update chemical inventory annually
  3. Create chemical storage maps/room maps indicating the location of hazardous material
  4. Affix stickers indicating hazards present in the work area and relevant contact numbers in case of emergency or otherwise.
  5. Establish life safety boxes outside each laboratory with all the above information.