Chemical Safety

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is committed to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, visitors, and environment by appropriately identifying and managing chemical hazards. The campus is also committed to complying with all applicable regulatory requirements and may adopt additional chemical safety policies as appropriate. The control of exposures to chemical materials will be accomplished by establishing a chemical safety program containing work practices, waste disposal procedures, and policies that provide a safe and healthy environment. See for additional information.

Chemical Safety Section

The Chemical Safety Section of the Division of Research Safety (DRS) shall develop, implement, and oversee a comprehensive campus chemical program; to ensure the proper handling, transport, and disposal of chemical materials. The Section will partner with faculty, staff, and students to assist teaching, research, and service by facilitating the control of hazards inherent in the use of chemicals for those purposes. The Section will advise and assist faculty, staff, and students in the interpretation and implementation of these policies and programs as well as regulatory requirements that pertain to chemical safety.

Chemical Safety Committee

The Chemical Safety Committee will be advisory on matters relating to the safe handling, transport, use, and disposal of chemicals on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The committee will report to the Vice Chancellor for Research through DRS.

Chemical Hygiene Plan

All laboratories that use hazardous chemicals as defined by the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) must adopt a chemical hygiene plan based on the “Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories” standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). OSHA defines a hazardous chemical as “a chemical for which there is statistically significant evidence based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principals that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees.” A model campus-wide chemical hygiene plan is available for adoption by any campus laboratory, however, it is necessary to add components to the plan that are specific to the individual laboratory. See the campus Laboratory Safety Plan.

Hazard Communication Plan

All units on campus that use hazardous chemicals as defined by OSHA in a non-laboratory environment must implement a hazard communication plan based on the “Hazard Communication” standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), also known as Employee Right-to-Know. A model campus-wide hazard communication plan is available for adoption by any campus unit, however, it is necessary to add components to the plan that are specific to the individual campus unit. See the Model Hazard Communication Plan.

Chemical Waste Disposal

All campus personnel who use chemicals should dispose of chemicals in a manner that complies with all federal, state, and local regulations. The Chemical Waste Management Guide provides information needed to properly dispose of chemical waste generated on campus and Chemical Safety Section provides collection of chemical wastes at no charge, provided that a chemical waste pickup request form is completed and submitted to the Chemical Safety Section. Campus personnel shall not initiate off-site shipments of chemical waste without first consulting with the Chemical Safety Section in order to ensure the waste is being transported and disposed of legally, and that the amount of waste disposed of is properly recorded on the University’s annual Illinois Environmental Protection Agency report. See the Chemical Waste Quick Start Guide.

Chemical Waste Minimization

All campus users of chemicals are responsible for minimizing the amount of chemical waste requiring disposal through thoughtful purchasing, use, and recycling.

Further questions concerning this policy statement should be directed to the Chemical Safety Section at (217) 333-2755.