Chemical Safety

Charlotte sets forth procedures, work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) intended to reduce risk and protect people and the environment from the potential hazards in the laboratory workplace. A laboratory is a facility or room where potentially hazardous chemicals, biological agents or sources of energy such as lasers, radiation or high voltage eqiupment is used in scientific research, experimentation or education. This webpage provides supporting documents and information to support you in lab safety and chemical safety practices. 

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) at Charlotte is established to protect employees and students from potential health hazards associated with handling, use and storage of chemicals in laboratories and to certify PPE requirements. The CHP also details the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency incident, such as a hazardous material spill.  Lab personnel shall be trained on the CHP and procedures that are specific to their laboratory.