Hazardous Materials - General Safety Program 1.13
McNeese State University
Vice President of Business Affairs
Office of Environmental, Health, Safety & Hazardous Waste
- To insure that the hazards of all chemicals utilized at McNeese State University are handled, stored and dispensed according to regulatory guidelines.
- Department heads / supervisors shall insure that individuals working with or near hazardous
materials are informed of proper handling, dispensing and storage of materials to reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace / classroom environment.
Employees are responsible for:
- Proper handling, dispensing, storing of chemicals
- Maintaining work area in good order
- Using required personal protective equipment
- Reporting, problems, exposures, injuries to supervisor
- Reviewing material safety data sheets prior to use of chemical the first time, and reviewing the MSDS periodically thereafter
- Review chemical label and material safety data sheet (MSDS) for recommended storage, handling and use.
- Access to chemicals should be limited to authorized personnel.
- Store chemicals by class in separate areas.
- Chemicals should be removed from storage as needed.
- Unused chemicals should be returned to the appropriate storage area immediately after use.
- Separate partitioned storage areas should be used for corrosive, toxic, oxidizers and flammable chemicals.
- All storage areas should be properly identified.
- Flammables should never be stored close to any source of heat or ignition.
- Warning signs must be posted on flammable storage areas.
- Have a properly selected fire extinguisher readily available.
- When handling, dispensing or storing chemicals, follow recommended manufacturer guidelines for personal protective clothing and equipment.
- Spills and leaks shall be reported immediately to the appropriate department head / supervisor.
- The University's Environment, Health, Safety and Hazardous Waste Officer should be notified to assist, if necessary, in proper spill containment and pick-up of the spill for disposal.
- Uncontrolled situations should be reported to University Police so that properly trained response personnel can be notified.
- The supervisor is required to maintain an inventory list of all hazardous chemicals in the work area and update the list as necessary.
- The inventory list must be kept in the work area be readily available to employees, i.e., log sheets or computer.
- All hazardous chemicals should be properly labeled:
- Name of chemical
- Appropriate hazard warnings
- Name, address of manufacturer, importer, or responsible party
- Portable containers should be labeled with the chemical identity unless they are intended for immediate use by the
employee who prepared it.
5.0Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
- Supervisors are responsible for acquiring, updates of MSDS for hazardous chemicals in their work area.
- MSDS should be readily available to employees (i.e., in files, binders, or on computer)
- Employees should review MSDS periodically for proper handling, dispensing, storage of chemicals in their work area.
- New employee training on hazardous chemicals should include;
- Location, availability of hazardous communication plan
- Physical, health hazards in the work area
- How to read, understand labels, MSDS
- Proper use of personal protective equipment
- Employee training should be documented in the supervisor's files.