Environmental Health & Safety Manual (EHS)

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Effective: 9/23/1987

Revised: 7/1/2005

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EHS 103: Hazard Communication Program

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Purpose

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To protect nonlaboratory employees from hazardous chemicals in the workplace; to provide a means for employees and employers to be adequately informed about hazardous chemicals in the workplace and how to protect themselves; and to prevent employee work-related injuries and illnesses from exposures to hazardous chemicals

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Sources

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29 Code of Federal Regulations § 1910.1200
Arizona State University Hazard Communication Plan

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Applicability

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Nonlaboratory employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals while performing their duties

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Policy

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ASU maintains a hazard communication program for employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals during the performance of their duties. The program is designed to achieve regulatory compliance and provides a means for employees to be better informed about and protected from hazardous chemicals.


Responsibilities of Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety develops, implements, and maintains the university’s hazard communication program, provides employee training, and promotes regulatory compliance and employee health and safety.


Responsibilities of Departments

Departments and units must identify employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, and provide these employees the protections required by the hazard communication program. Departments and units are also responsible for informing outside contractors of hazardous chemicals their employees may be exposed to within their designated work area at ASU.


Responsibilities of Outside Contractors

Contractors must inform ASU of any hazardous chemicals used in the performance of their work at ASU and have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) (see Related Web Links on the Environmental Health & Safety Web site) available onsite for each chemical used.


Responsibilities of Employees

Employees who use chemicals during the performance of their duties must use safe work practices, use appropriate personal protective equipment, attend hazard communication training, and comply with all provisions of the hazard communication program.


Hazard Communication Plan

The core of the university’s hazard communication program is the Hazard Communication Plan, which contains the following elements:

  1. identifying hazardous chemicals
  2. establishing an employee information and training program on the potential hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace
  3. establishing a chemical inventory
  4. acquiring, distributing, and maintaining an MSDS for each chemical used
  5. maintaining a container labeling system
  6. developing emergency procedures

    and

  7. establishing record keeping and program evaluation procedures.

This plan must be readily available to employees, employee representatives, and regulatory agencies.

The plan and required training provide the foundation for the university’s hazard communication compliance program. Training schedules and copies of the plan can be obtained from Environmental Health & Safety at 480/965–1823 or e-mail ehs@asu.edu.

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Cross-References

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For further information, see:

  1. EHS 105, “Personal Protective Equipment”
  2. EHS 107, “Respiratory Protection”

    and

  3. EHS 108, “Environmental Health and Safety Training.”

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