UC San Diego requires investigators to log in to the Chemical Hazard Use Application to create Hazard Control Plans for work with hazardous chemicals and processes. See the High Hazard Chemicals List and Hazardous ChemicalsandProcesses List below on this page.
Principal investigators, use CHUA to:
Select or create HCPs for hazardous chemicals in your lab
Manage your authorized personnel list
Assign lab personnel to Hazard Control Plans
Assign personal protection equipment to lab personnel
Use CHUA's Hazard Control Plan templates to develop lab specific HCPs. Principal investigators are responsible for ensuring their lab-specific Hazard Control Plan will provide a safe working environment.
CHUA has 2 types of Hazard Control Plan templates:
1. CSSC-approved Hazard Control Plans
These templates are approved by UC San Diego's Chemical Safety & Surveillance Committee (CSSC) for work with materials identified as high hazard chemicals. See the "High Hazard Chemicals List" below on this page.
For work with a listed high hazard chemical, investigators are required to log in to CHUA and use the CSSC-approved Hazard Control Plan template.
2. EH&S-reviewed Hazard Control Plans
These are standard Hazard Control Plan templates for work with thousands of other hazardous chemicals and processes grouped by hazard classification.
For work with a listed hazardous chemical or process, investigators are required to log in to CHUA and use the EH&S-approved Hazard Control Plan template.
Choose the Principal Investigator from the drop down.
Use the CSSC HCP Chemical List drop-down menu and select a chemical. (Note: A Hazard Control Plan cannot be created for a chemical that is already on the CSSC HCP Chemical List.)
Click the Create button.
Hazardous Material – Step 1 allows you to add chemicals you will be working within your HCP. Use the Search box to locate the chemical(s) you will be working with, tick the chemical once you find it and click Add Chemical to HCP. (If your HCP is already a chemical and you will not be using any other chemicals, skip this step.) You can add comments and instructions in the Lab Instructions box next to your selected chemical by typing and clicking Update. Click the arrow to go forward to Step 2.
Project Summary/Lab Specific Instructions – Step 2 contains two lab responsible fields. In the Project Summary box, provide a short summary of how the material(s) will be used. Include the names of the chemicals and a short abstract of the project (1 or 2 sentences). In the Lab Specific Instructions box provide detailed instructions about how this material will be used. Consider the following when populating this field: quantities, concentrations, conditions of use, unusual or dangerous characteristics, PI restrictions, where it will be used, scale-up restrictions and physical process highlights such as heating, pressure, cooling, etc. Click Save when finished.
Hazard Control Plan – Step 3 cannot be edited and is meant to be for instructional purposes only.
HCP Lab Personnel – Step 4 Allows lab personnel to be added to the Hazard Control Plan. Use the Select Lab Personnel link to add lab employees and then utilize the Email HCP to recipient button at the bottom to send an e-mail notification of their HCP assignment.
HCP Submittal – In Step 5, only the PI can submit a Hazard Control Plan and should do so promptly upon completion. Click Approve HCP.
Important – The PI must approve Hazard Control Plan assignments and lab personnel must acknowledge receipt of their assignment.
See the "Assign Hazard Control Plans to your lab" section below to learn how to assign an existing Hazard Control Plan.
The OSHA Laboratory Standard (29CFR 1910.1450) breeds a culture of safety consciousness, accountability, organization and education.
All faculty and research supervisors should note that a vital component of science/chemical education is teaching students how to identify the risks and hazards in a laboratory. Such education serves scientists well, and places them at a professional advantage, in their ultimate careers in government, industry, academe, and the health sciences.
Hazard Control Plans incorporate risk assessments, planning, and step-by-step safety protocols, which are all as much a part of scientific education as learning the theoretical background of an experiment. Nurturing basic attitudes and habits of prudent behavior is crucial so that safety is valued and becomes an internalized attitude, not just an external expectation driven by institutional rules.