Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
When Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), one of the premiere institutions for the study of marine research and the education of marine scientists, wanted to review and update their Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP), they chose ILPI.
We started with a site visit to review current procedures and identify issues that merited specific attention. The site visit included detailed discussion with WHOI's safety staff and walkthroughs of the campus laboratory and related facilties. ILPI then provided WHOI with specific suggestions to improve the CHP. Working closely with the WHOI safety team, ILPI prepared a new and improved 60+ page CHP.
Features of the new Plan include:
- Availability in Word, PDF and HTML formats.
- Appropriate instiutional-specific graphics.
- Safety vignettes highlighting the dangers of particular chemicals and procedures.
- Text boxes with clarifications and sources of additional health and safety information.
- Substantial text reorganization and changes.
- Emphasis on items that were identified as priorities during the site visit.
- Attention to compliance with the 29 CFR 1910.1450, the OSHA Laboratory Standard, and 29 CFR 1910.1200, the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.
We have also created custom training courses for WHOI as well, although our general focus is now on the review, rather than creation of, training materials.
Disclaimer: This page is not meant to imply official endorsement of ILPI by WHOI.
ILPI can review and update any of your current health and safety procedures and ensure that it is appealing and understandable to employees of all backgrounds. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities.
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