College of the Holy Cross Chemical Safety Program

College of the Holy Cross strives to protect all members of the College community from the health and environmental hazards presented by hazardous chemicals.  It requires that the procedures, safety equipment specifications, and work practices covered in the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) be properly enforced, implemented, and observed.  The Chemical Hygiene Officer is responsible for implementing the provisions of the CHP.  College employees are responsible for observing the provisions of the CHP and for reporting unsafe conditions to their immediate supervisors.   Copies of the Chemical Hygiene Plan are available to all College laboratory employees and students.


Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF)

All laboratories which use chemicals are subject to the OSHA standard titled: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Lab; commonly known as the "Laboratory Safety Standard".  The major requirement of the Lab Standard is to develop a written, lab-specific Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) which addresses the policies, Standard Operating Procedures, training, record keeping, etc. that ensure that employees are protected from harm due to chemicals.


Chemical Safety Training Requirements:

All new faculty, staff and students must attend the chemical safety Powerpoint presentation at their initial time of hire, and then pass a web-based chemical safety quiz on Moodle.  The quiz consists of questions related to specific chemical safety rules at the College.  All questions must be answered correctly to receive credit for the training.  Once credit is received, notification is sent to faculty or staff indicating the student can begin working with chemicals.  Every year after attending the safety presentation, individuals are only required to take and pass the online quiz to be considered trained and eligible to work with chemicals. Notification of dates of safety presentations and quiz availability will be through campus email.

Enforcement of Personal Protective Equipment, Clothing, and Shoes:

Enforcement of safety issues is a major responsibility, and not always an easy one to handle when it comes to student clothing choices and demand for comfort.  Sometimes this means making judgment calls, but erring on the side of caution is better than being too permissive.  It is the responsibility of the laboratory personnel to ensure that the students wear the appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) and clothing in the laboratories.  Sending students back to change clothing or shoes is not only the right thing to do, but is an obligation.

Students and TAs in most teaching laboratories must wear goggles.  Requiring students to keep the goggles on at all times when in the laboratory is necessary to ensure safety.   Students are not allowed to wear sandals, open-toed shoes or shoes that expose the top of the feet.  Also, shorts, skirts or dresses that are above the knee and tops that leave too much exposed skin are prohibited. Whenever working directly with or near chemicals, the rules of proper attire and PPE must be followed.