Chemical Safety

Chemical Hygiene Plan

The university has developed the Chemical Hygiene Plan to provide guidelines for prudent practices and procedures for the laboratory use of chemicals. The Chemical Hygiene Plan was written in response to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (OSHA Lab Standard).

The Chemical Hygiene Plan sets forth procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment and work practices that are capable of protecting employees from the health hazards presented by the hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. Copies of the Chemical Hygiene Plan are available in each laboratory or through request to the Office of Health and Safety.

Chemical Exposure Incident Reporting

In the event of an accident or exposure to a hazardous substance, employees should perform the following procedures:

  • Wash/irrigate area of exposure
  • Clean and contain area to eliminate the possibility for other exposures
  • Identify chemical of exposure
  • Complete GW's Accident Reporting Form
  • Follow MSDS prescribed exposure/first aid procedures
  • If necessary, call chemical emergency contact number
  • Depending on severity and time of incident, report to Employee Health or Emergency Room
  • Follow medical advice as provided

For further information, please contact the Office of Health and Safety at 202-994-4347.