Template Overview


All MIT Departments, Laboratories, and Centers that engage in the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals are required to prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan that meets the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Laboratory Standard” and MIT policies and required procedures. Chemical Hygiene Plans are written documents that establish the administrative measures and standard operating procedures for safely and responsibly using chemical materials in laboratories.


To assist those Departments, Laboratories, and Centers that must prepare a Chemical Hygiene Plan, the MIT Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Office has prepared a Chemical Hygiene Plan Template. This Template provides a customizable Chemical Hygiene Plan that meets the Institute’s requirements for the use of common laboratory chemicals and procedures. The Template also provides assistance in the development of specialized standard operating procedures to accommodate the unique materials and procedures in specific laboratories.


Frequently asked questions on how to use the Chemical Hygiene Plan Template is contained in the Chemical Hygiene Plan Template FAQ.


Additional guidance on preparing a Chemical Hygiene Plan can be found in the CHP Preparer's Guide below.


To begin using the Chemical Hygiene Plan Template, click on the link below and save the Microsoft Word document to your computer.

Then submit via e-mail your completed Plan electronically to the EHS Office by clicking on the link below and attaching your Plan document. Please submit either a Word or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.



Note: Effective January 2009, as specified in the Chemical Hygiene Plan Template, inventories must be maintained for all hazardous chemicals. Hazardous chemicals include chemicals for which there is statistically significant evidence of health effects following exposure as well as flammable and explosive substances. The use of the online chemical inventory system has been paid for by the EHS Office and is free to you. Its use is recommended but not required. For more information on the chemical inventory system contact the EHS Office at (617) 452-3477 or email environment@mit.edu.