The purpose of this program is to ensure that research employees who handle hazardous chemicals are given all of the training and safety protections required under the law. The laboratory standard requires research operations to adopt and implement the university’s Standard Chemical Hygiene Plan and add to it the necessary Standard Operating Procedures for safety in site-specific use of hazardous materials and methods. Once this document set is prepared, employees are given site-specific training, based upon the documents and they serve as a reference for future use with new employees.
At the University of Michigan regional campuses, laboratory safety programs are administered and enforced by their respective Environment, Health and Safety departments. The University of Michigan’s Chemical Hygiene Plan and general laboratory safety guidelines have been adopted in part by UM Flint and UM Dearborn however modified by each campus to more accurately reflect
specific operations, processes and conditions at their respective campuses.