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Chemical Hygiene Plan

In the United States, federal and various state regulations requires laboratories that use chemicals must develop and implement a chemical hygiene plan. For its own operations, the University of California, Santa Barbara, has published template forms for lab-specific chemical hygiene plans that comply with the State of California’s regulations for “Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.”

These templates may prove to be a useful guides to the development of an appropriate chemical hygiene plan for the handling of nanomaterials, but it is imperative that any chemical hygiene plan adopted be in compliance with the specific laws and regulations applicable to the location in which the nanomaterials are being engineered.