Ensuring chemical safety in the workplace requires information about the identities and hazards of workplace chemicals to be available and understandable to employees. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information through the use of an employer sponsored program. The Environmental Health and Safety Services Office serves as the administrator of the University’s Hazard Communication Program. Described in the program are the established mechanisms and procedures needed to achieve the communication of chemical hazards such as:
- chemical inventories
- chemical container labeling
- safety data sheets (SDS)
- employee information/training
Employees of the University who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies (“affected employees”), are required to fulfill the requirements of the University’s program including “Basic” and “Workplace-Specific Hazard” training.