Stanford University

Laboratory Chemical Safety Toolkit

Last updated: January 18, 2024
Tool TypeElectronic system

How to Use

The Laboratory Chemical Safety Toolkit provides guidance to Principal Investigators (PIs)/Laboratory Supervisors and laboratory personnel on compliance with the institutional Chemical Hygiene Plan. Use the links below to find important information on laboratory and chemical safety. More information can be found in the Lab Safety and Chemical Safety topics.

California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) enforces the regulatory standard entitled Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 8CCR5191, which requires all laboratories using hazardous chemicals to take specific safety measures to ensure safe laboratory operations.

Implementing the Stanford University’s CHP is the joint responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI)/Laboratory Supervisor and the laboratory personnel. Review your laboratory safety responsibilities.

The Toolkit provides the necessary guidance to help you to establish the following key elements of the Institutional Chemical Hygiene Plan:

  • Safety training
  • General lab practices
  • Safe operating procedures
  • Required work approvals
  • Laboratory inspections
  • Emergency procedures

Creating a Laboratory-Specific Chemical Safety Plan

To aid in compiling your lab’s safety information for easy reference, you have the option to create a Laboratory-Specific Chemical Safety Plan. Below are instructions on how to construct your local plan:

  1. Print out a Laboratory Chemical Safety Plan (Note: This document is pre-formatted for double-sided printing).
  2. Add on lab-specific safety documents that can be created using the Toolkit, including standard operating procedures, required work approvals, safety training records, and laboratory inspections records.
  3. EH&S is available to assist with preparation and/or review of your Laboratory-Specific Chemical Safety Plan. Please contact the Safety & Compliance Advisor for your building.

Disclosure of Potential Hazards in Laboratories


PIs/Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities
Laboratory Personnel Responsibilities


Fume Hood Use
Emergencies – Spills or Exposures
Safety Training
Prior Approval and Special Precautions
Medical Surveillance
Lab Safety Basics
Personal Protective Equipment
Restricted Chemicals & High Risk Procedures
Laboratory Inspections
Chemical Waste Disposal
Incident Reporting

Standard Operating Procedures

Compressed Gases
Corrosive Materials
Cryogenic Liquids
Flammable and Combustible Liquids
Highly Acutely Toxic Chemicals
Highly Reactive/Unstable Materials
Reproductive Toxins


Chemical Storage, Labeling, & Inventory
Lab Safety Sheets

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