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Chemical Safety

Find safety requirements, training, and standard operating procedures for work with chemicals at UC San Diego.

UC San Diego's online Chemical Hygiene Plan must be readily available to personnel in facilities where hazardous chemicals are used.

PDF Be Ready for the Inspector!

Hazard Control Plan (HCP)

Obtain and implement hazard control plans (HCPs) for work with hazardous chemicals.

Note: At UC San Diego, a hazard control plan is a standard operating procedure (SOP).

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

Chemical safety guidelines

Be ready for the inspector! Read the Cal/OSHA Inspections Fact Sheet (PDF) to learn how to be ready for an inspection at any time.

Chemical Safety & Surveillance Committee (CSSC)

The Chemical Safety & Surveillance Committee (CSSC) is responsible for:

  • Advising the Chancellor on all matters relating to the safe use of hazardous chemicals
  • Reducing risks associated with hazardous chemicals
  • Establishing and implementing policies and procedures for chemical safety
  • Imposing disciplinary measures for willful or negligent violations of established chemical safety practices and procedures

Chemical storage and inventory

Controlled substances

Emergency procedures

Engineering controls

Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Learn how the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemical classification, labeling, and hazard communication affects chemical use at UC San Diego.

Hazardous waste

Laboratory Safety Manual

Managing chemical safety

My Research Safety Web portal

Read about My Research Safety, a Web portal for centralized access to your Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) audits, inventory, and authorizations.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Attention principal investigators: PIs supervising work with high hazard materials are required to use the online Chemical Hazard Use Application, or HCP, to assign PPE to their employees.

  • See the list of high hazard materials on the HCP page.

Principal investigators

Report injury, illness, or exposure

Report all work-related injuries, illness, or hazardous material exposures immediately:

Important! Chemistry-Biochemistry personnel, follow special incident reporting instructions:

Safety Data Sheets



Policies and regulations

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Environment, Health & Safety