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August 11, 2020

2020 Chemical Hygiene Template

The 2020 Chemical Hygiene Template is now available. Please review the 2020 CHP Template Updates document for a list of changes to the template. The due date for your DLC’s revised plan is September 16, 2020. Additional information can be found under the 'Updating your CHP' section on this page. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact your DLC's IHP Team Member or email environment@mit.edu.

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

All MIT Departments, Laboratories, and Centers that engage in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals are required to prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) that meets the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Laboratory Standard” and MIT policies and required procedures. Chemical Hygiene Plans are written documents that establish the administrative measures and standard operating procedures for safely and responsibly using chemical materials in laboratories. Your CHP contains information on how to safely handle corrosives, carcinogens, flammables, toxics, particularly hazardous substances, and other hazardous materials including those with physical hazards.

To assist those Departments, Laboratories, and Centers that must prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan, the MIT Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Office has prepared a Chemical Hygiene Plan Template. This Template provides a customizable Chemical Hygiene Plan that meets the Institute’s requirements for the use of common laboratory chemicals and procedures. The Template also provides assistance in the development of specialized standard operating procedures to accommodate the unique materials and procedures in specific laboratories.

Laboratory Users of Hazardous Chemicals

Every user of hazardous chemicals at MIT must be trained to handle them safely. To ensure this, all students and employees in the department who use hazardous chemicals in a laboratory must read their department’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, be familiar with its contents, and complete all required chemical hygiene training which includes:

  • General Chemical Hygiene Training
  • Read your DLC-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan. Contact your department EHS Coordinator, Chemical Hygiene Officer, or Laboratory Rep to receive a physical or online copy of your CHP. Once you have read the CHP, contact your EHS Coordinator or Chemical Hygiene Officer to receive credit.
  • Lab-Specific Chemical Hygiene Training
  • Managing Hazardous Waste
  • Any additional training required for your specific work

Department Chemical Hygiene Officers

Developing a Chemical Hygiene Plan

EHS has prepared a template that you can customize for your department’s unique chemicals and procedures. To develop your own plan, review the CHP Preparer’s Guide and Preparer and Reviewer’s Checklist. For additional guidance, you can contact your EHS/IHP team member.

CHP Template

Lab Specific SOP Template

Updating Your CHP

Every year the EHS Office updates the CHP Template according to OSHA and MIT requirements. You must incorporate these changes and update your plan annually. This year, the due date for your DLC’s revised plan is September 16, 2020. We will review your revised plan annually for compliance with OSHA and MIT requirements.

Note: Once a plan is submitted the reviewer has 30 days to approve it. The date is assigned by the system upon your submission.

2020 CHP Template Updates

Submit your DLC CHP

Frequently Asked Questions

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

All MIT Departments, Laboratories, and Centers that engage in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals are required to prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) that meets the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Laboratory Standard” and MIT policies and required procedures. Chemical Hygiene Plans are written documents that establish the administrative measures and standard operating procedures for safely and responsibly using chemical materials in laboratories. Your CHP contains information on how to safely handle corrosives, carcinogens, flammables, toxics, particularly hazardous substances, and other hazardous materials including those with physical hazards.

To assist those Departments, Laboratories, and Centers that must prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan, the MIT Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Office has prepared a Chemical Hygiene Plan Template. This Template provides a customizable Chemical Hygiene Plan that meets the Institute’s requirements for the use of common laboratory chemicals and procedures. The Template also provides assistance in the development of specialized standard operating procedures to accommodate the unique materials and procedures in specific laboratories.

Laboratory Users of Hazardous Chemicals

Every user of hazardous chemicals at MIT must be trained to handle them safely. To ensure this, all students and employees in the department who use hazardous chemicals in a laboratory must read their department’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, be familiar with its contents, and complete all required chemical hygiene training which includes:

  • General Chemical Hygiene Training
  • Read your DLC-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan. Contact your department EHS Coordinator, Chemical Hygiene Officer, or Laboratory Rep to receive a physical or online copy of your CHP. Once you have read the CHP, contact your EHS Coordinator or Chemical Hygiene Officer to receive credit.
  • Lab-Specific Chemical Hygiene Training
  • Managing Hazardous Waste
  • Any additional training required for your specific work

Department Chemical Hygiene Officers

Developing a Chemical Hygiene Plan

EHS has prepared a template that you can customize for your department’s unique chemicals and procedures. To develop your own plan, review the CHP Preparer’s Guide and Preparer and Reviewer’s Checklist. For additional guidance, you can contact your EHS/IHP team member.

CHP Template

Lab Specific SOP Template

Updating Your CHP

Every year the EHS Office updates the CHP Template according to OSHA and MIT requirements. You must incorporate these changes and update your plan annually. This year, the due date for your DLC’s revised plan is September 16, 2020. We will review your revised plan annually for compliance with OSHA and MIT requirements.

Note: Once a plan is submitted the reviewer has 30 days to approve it. The date is assigned by the system upon your submission.

2020 CHP Template Updates

Submit your DLC CHP

Frequently Asked Questions