Chemical & Environmental Safety Office

Responsibilities of the Chemical Safety Office include chemical use and storage procedures, waste management, inventory, and emergency procedures. These elements are conveyed to faculty and staff in laboratory safety training courses such as Chemical Hygiene Plan and Hazard Communication.

The Chemical Hygiene Plan, a requirement of the OSHA Laboratory Standard, is the primary source of information for procedures on the safe use of chemicals in the laboratory at EVMS. A copy of the "Chemical Hygiene Plan" should be kept in each laboratory.

A companion text to the "Chemical Hygiene Plan" is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) binder which is also located in each lab. MSDSs describe characteristics of chemicals and list precautions for their use. The MSDS should be reviewed prior to using a chemical for the first time and reviewed periodically.