Harvey Mudd Chemistry Safety Resources

The following chemical safety documents are available in Adobe PDF format to members of the HMC Community.

Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP)

The Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF) is required where hazardous chemicals are used in the workplace, pursuant to the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8, Section 5191 and enforced by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA).  The CHP contains provisions for protecting employees from health hazards associated with chemicals.

Safe Laboratory Practices

The larger, more comprehensive document Safe Laboratory Practices in Chemistry (PDF) is also available, which lists detailed information for the safe use, storage, and disposal of common chemical reagents.


Nanoparticles are defined as a material or particle with any external dimension having a diameter of between 1 and 100 nanometers. They may be engineered or naturally occurring. Because effects of nanoparticles are still being reviewed, scientists working with nanoparticles must assume that the particles are toxic on a cellular level.  More information on nanoparticle safety may be found in the Nanotoolkit (PDF) published by the California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education.