Hazard Communication - General Safety Program 1.13.1

McNeese State University
Vice President of Business Affairs
Office of Environmental, Health, Safety & Hazardous Waste

1.0Purpose:

To insure that individuals are informed about hazardous chemicals in their workplace / classroom and their proper use to avoid potential accidents and injuries.

2.0Responsibility

2.1
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.
2.1.1
This communication includes the use of chemical labels and materials safety data sheets (MSDS).

3.0Guidelines:

3.1
Read labels and MSDS prior to use.
3.1.1
Do not use a container that has no label.
3.2
Follow manufacturer's warning and instructions.
3.3
Use appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing.

4.0Chemical Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

4.1
Chemical label formats should include:
4.1.1
Chemical identity (Name)
4.1.2
Name and address of manufacturer or importer
4.1.3
Specific hazard warnings
4.2
Chemical labels may also include:
4.2.1
Precautionary measures such as personal protective equipment
4.2.2
Safe work procedures
4.2.3
Handling / storage instructions
4.2.4
First aid instructions
4.3
Material safety data sheet (MSDS) information includes:
4.3.1
Chemical identity (Trade name)
4.3.2
Manufacturer / importer name and telephone number
4.3.3
Hazardous ingredient
4.3.4
Physical / chemical characteristics
4.3.5
Fire / explosion hazard data
4.3.6
Physical hazards
4.3.7
Health hazards
4.3.8
Reactivity
4.3.9
Safe handling and use
4.3.10
Response to spills and leaks
4.3.11
Control measures