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Chemical Safety in Laboratories
The University of Maryland has developed the University of Maryland Chemical Hygiene Plan to ensure all laboratory personnel are informed about and protected from health and physical hazards associated with the handling, use, and storage of hazardous chemicals in laboratories.
- Chemical Hygiene Plan for University of Maryland.
- Chemical Hygiene Training Program for Laboratory Workers is available online.
To comply with the elements of the Chemical Hygiene Plan, laboratories must create detailed Standard Operating Procedures for all laboratory processes involving hazardous materials or processes.
ESSR has developed a series of fact sheets with general safety information for common hazardous chemicals and chemical classes.
The Chemical Hygiene Officer for the University of Maryland is Miriam Sharp (301-405-3960; email@example.com).
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Books from National Research Council
- CDC Lab Training free online lab safety training modules
- Laboratory Security Awareness
- Safety Data Sheets
- Large Database with information on chemical structure, molecular formula, physical properties, DOT and EPA codes, etc.
- National Toxicology Program (NIH-NCI, NIH-NIEHS,FDA-NCTR,CDC_NIOSH:
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) - Includes information on Hazardous Substances and chemical protocols for Acutely Toxic Substances.
- National Toxicology Program testing - National Institute of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) provides study data and abstracts on teratology toxicity testing.
- Reproductive testing - National Institute of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) provides study data and abstracts on reproductive testing.
- Globally Harmonized System worksheet (courtesy of Duke University’s Occupational and Environmental Safety Office) that contains an extensive, though not comprehensive, list of these substances. This worksheet also includes common reactive chemicals which include: explosives, flammable solids, peroxide formers, oxidizers, and compounds that are reactive with air or water.