1.13.1 Hazard Communication
Vice President of Business Affairs
Office of Environmental, Health, Safety & Hazardous Waste
- To insure that individuals are informed about hazardous chemicals in their workplace / classroom and their proper use to avoid potential accidents and injuries.
- Department heads, supervisors, faculty and staff are responsible for communicating information about the hazards and the use of safe procedures when working with chemicals in their workplace / classroom.
- This communication includes the use of chemical labels and materials safety data sheets (SDS).
- Hazardous Communication shall be part of the classroom syllabus at the beginning of each semester in facilities where hazardous materials are stored and handled.
- Read labels and SDS prior to use.
- Do not use a container that has no label.
- Follow manufacturer’s warning and instructions.
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing.
Chemical Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
- Chemical label formats should include:
- Chemical identity (Name)
- Name and address of manufacturer or importer
- Specific hazard warnings
- Chemical labels may also include:
- Precautionary measures such as personal protective equipment
- Safe work procedures
- Handling / storage instructions
- First aid instructions
- Labels should be checked periodically for condition & possible need to replace.
- Material safety data sheet (SDS) information includes:
- Chemical identity (Trade name)
- Manufacturer / importer name and telephone number
- Hazardous ingredient
- Physical / chemical characteristics
- Fire / explosion hazard data
- Physical hazards
- Health hazards
- Safe handling and use
- Response to spills and leaks
- Control measures
Issue Date: 04/30/04
Review Date: 03/15/21
Revision NO: 2.0
Revision Date: 03/15/2021
Revision Note: Changed nomenclature from MSDS to SDS: 3/15/2021 Under “Responsibilities” added paragraph 1.2: 3/15/2021 Under “Chemical Labels” added item/sentence 2.5: 3/15/2021