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“Laboratory Safety Plans” for individual laboratories are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation, “Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories,” commonly referred to as the OSHA Laboratory Standard. This standard requires a written plan that sets forth procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment and work practices capable of protecting employees from health hazards presented by the chemicals used in the laboratory. At UNC-CH the complete lab safety plan consists of two components:

  1. The Laboratory Safety Manual, which covers general safety procedures for University laboratories
  2. A “Laboratory Safety Plan” prepared by the Principal Investigator to address hazards and precautions specific to a given laboratory

The “Laboratory Safety Plan”

  • identifies the hazards in the laboratory
  • describes specific handling procedures and precautions for special hazards
  • outlines emergency safety procedures in the event of a fire or chemical spill