General Chemical Safety

Chemical Hazard Communication Plan - Guidelines for working with or around chemicals. 


Laboratory Chemical Safety

Laboratory Requirements:

  1. BioRAFT ChemTracker is a centralized web-based Chemical Inventory Program, which will assist researchers and laboratory staff in adding, deleting, modifying and tracking their chemical inventory, as well as prepare reports.
  2. Room Hazard Warning Signage.  Labs must have a room Hazard Warning Sign with entry requirements, hazard information, and emergency contacts.  Upon completing the chemical inventory and the Hazard Warning Sign Request Form, SRM will create and mount entry signage to the lab.
  3. Chemical Hygiene Plan.  All labs must have a Chemical Hygiene Plan using this template.  The plan must be located in the lab and all lab staff must read the plan (and sign the roster noting the plan has been read).
  4. Laboratory Self-Inspection.  All lab Principle Investigators or Lab Managers should perform a self-inspection at least once per year using this checklist.  Completed checklists should be sent to SRM.


All employees working with chemicals should call the Chemical Safety Officer at 406-994-7760 or the Chemcial Safety Specialist at 406-994-7589 for training information. 

  • Both SRM and ORC offer on-line and live courses.  For on-line "Hazard Communication and GHS: What Employees Need to Know" training and general safety training (outside of biosafety and radiation safety), please visit BLR Employee Training Center for Online Training   
    • Username:  6450632
    • Password: 59718.

            You will be asked to enter your name to get credit for the courses you select.

**Please Note for In-Person Training:  Biosafety Training is the first hour and                                                                                                         Chemical/Hazcom Training is the second hour
May 24, 2022
ABB 145
June 22, 2022
ABB 138
July 26, 2022
ABB 138
August 24, 2022
ABB 138
September 27, 2022
ABB 138
October 26, 2022
ABB 138

Occupying and Vacating Laboratory Space

The requirements and responsibilities associated with the occupying and vacating laboratory space on the MSU campus are listed below. These responsibilities are divided between the laboratory user, Safety & Risk Management (SRM), the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) and Facility Services (FS). Adherence to these guidelines is necessary to ensure the quality of laboratory facilities on the MSU campus. It is ultimately the responsibility of the Building Supervisor, Principal Investigator, and Department to maintain the quality of the laboratory.

Vacating Laboratory


  1. When vacating a laboratory all chemical containers must be removed by the vacating group; either taken to the new location or coordinated with the SRM Hazardous Materials Manager and Chemical Safety Officer for removal and disposal. Simply leaving chemicals in the room creates a potential risk of regulatory penalty.
  2. All horizontal surfaces where chemicals have been used or stored as well as the fronts and sides of cabinets and under lab benches will be washed by the vacating group with a soap solution followed by a water rinse. This wash/rinse procedure should proceed from the highest areas in the room to the lowest.
  3. The vacating group will provide SRM with a summary of chemical activity that will allow SRM to establish a chemical history for the laboratory. This history will be used in determining what specific chemical indicators, if any, to monitor.
  4. ORC Radiation Safety must be notified prior to any radioactive material movement and use. (406-994-7317)
  5. The vacating group will notify Space Management, SRM and ORC that they have cleaned and vacated the laboratory.
  6. The vacating group is not released from the laboratory responsibility until all Radiation, Biological and Chemical surveys are below occupational exposure standards, and the laboratory meets cleaning specifications.

Safety & Risk Management

  1. SRM Chemical Safety will work with vacating group to dispose of unwanted chemicals and any generated waste.
  2. SRM Chemical Safety will address and correct in cooperation with vacating group, any areas of gross chemical contamination.
  3. SRM will perform contamination surveys for chemicals determined from the chemical history to present potential occupational exposure risks.
  4. If the laboratory is clean and all contamination surveys show below occupational exposure standards the vacating group will be issued a laboratory release.
  5. SRM will notify OFS and the Building Supervisor of laboratory readiness for maintenance and custodial cleaning in preparation for new occupants.

Office of Research Compliance

  1. If radioactive or biological material was used in the room, the occupant must notify the Radiation Safety Officer (x7317) and Biosafety Officer (x6733) for clearance.

New Occupant

  1. It is the Occupant's responsibility to ensure safe and adequate storage of chemicals.
  2. New occupants must provide a chemical inventory through use of BioRaft.
  3. Laboratory occupants must follow MSU Radiation Safety Procedures, BioSafety protocols and Chemical Safety requirements.
  4. New occupants must notify SRM and/or Facilities Services of unsatisfactory conditions within the laboratory as soon as the condition is identified.
  5. It is the Occupant's responsibility to perform general housekeeping activities within research laboratories.

NOTE: Failure to properly dispose of chemicals and complete appropriate exit surveys may result in Departmental charges.