The Chemical Hygiene Plan is required under the Illinois Department of Labor worker protection rules. These regulations cover the employees of the University that work in laboratories (Biology, Chemistry, Art, IT, Agriculture, etc.).
Each laboratory area or department must have a written chemical hygiene plan and a chemical hygiene officer to oversee the plan. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will assist departments with incorporating relevant aspects. A model Chemical Hygiene Plan has been developed by EHS, to aid the departments in developing their own program and is available for viewing on the EHS homepage. Chemical Hygiene Plans must be updated whenever changes are made in lab procedures involving hazards not covered in the initial lab specific plan.