Original Date: 03/17/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Chemical Hygiene Program
In 1991, OSHA established chemical hygiene standards for laboratory safety. In response, Polaroid established its own stringent standards through its Chemical Hygiene program by augmenting OSHA’s requirements.
Polaroid provides its laboratories with a generic chemical hygiene plan as a template and assigns a chemical hygiene officer to each geographic location. Employees who are newly hired or starting a new job assignment attend a two- hour, one-on-one orientation with the chemical hygiene officer and review the laboratory’s chemical hygiene plan. In addition, employees must pass an examination before they are eligible to work in the laboratory.
All sites have a Safety Committee which guides the development and implementation of the site-specific Chemical Hygiene program. Each site’s program includes standard operating procedures for specific operations; a checklist for the review of pilot projects before start-up; scheduled safety tours on a monthly basis; and routine Safety Committee meetings. Polaroid’s Chemical Hygiene program provides active involvement by its laboratories and ownership for all activities of environmental, health and safety issues.
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