Laboratory Chemical Safety

The Laboratory Chemical Safety program provides guidance to UofL faculty, staff and students on the safe use of chemical agents in research and clinical activities. The program is committed to chemical safety, health, environmental protection and compliance, being based on current government regulations, guidelines and standards of care in the field.

Principal Investigators have primary responsibility for implementation of UofL policies and procedures which must be followed by all faculty, staff and students. The Chemical Hygiene Plan is a mandatory requirement by OSHA for laboratories using hazardous chemicals. Faculty/Principal Investigators must complete the Chemical Hygiene Plan and submit a copy to the Laboratory Safety Coordinator .

Questions regarding the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program can be directed to the university's Laboratory Safety Coordinator 852-2830.

Chemical use in non-laboratory settings is regulated under a different OSHA standard - see Hazard Communication.


Chemical Hygiene Plan ProceduresChemical Inventory Criteria
Fume Hood TestingHazardous Chemical Use Requirements for Research Grants / Contracts
Hazardous Waste DisposalLab Close-Out, Relocation or Equipment Release Procedures
Lab Safety ManualReactive Chemical Safety Guidance (PDF)
Waste Anesthetic Gas GuidanceWritten Safety Procedures - SOP's and SASP's


Formaldehyde Safety TrainingLab Safety & Hazardous and Infectious Waste Training

Forms & Documents

Chemical Waste Pick-Up Form (ulink log-in required)Chemical Hygiene Plan Template (Word)
Lab Close-Out Notification FormChemical Inventory Template (Excel)
Lab Safety Inspection Form (PDF)HF Acid Emergency Response Poster (PDF)
SOP Template (Word)Chemical Segregation and Storage Guide (PDF)
Personal Protective Equipment Hazardous Assessment (PDF)Minors in Labs Consent Form (PDF)

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Main Office

1800 Arthur Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40208


tel (502) 852-6670

fax (502) 852-0880

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Radiation Safety Office

319 Abraham Flexner Way

Louisville, Kentucky 40202


tel (502) 852-5231

fax (502) 852-8911

Office Hours

M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

No holiday hours

IH Service Account

IBC Service Account