The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard was promulgated to insure that all chemicals would be evaluated and that information regarding the hazards associated with these chemicals would be communicated to employers and employees. The goal of this standard is to reduce the number of chemically related occupational illnesses and injuries.
In order to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard, this written program has been established for Hampden-Sydney College. This program covers all departments of the College except the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology, which are covered by The Laboratory Standard. The Dining Services (operated under contract by ARAMARK) also has a separate program. Copies of the Hazard Communication Program and/or the Chemical Hygiene Plan will be available in the following locations.
HAZARD COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
- Athletic Training Facilities
- Department of Human Resources
- Fine Arts Department
- Moore Student Health Center
- Physical Plant
- Publications Department
- CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLAN (The Laboratory Standard)
- Biology Department
- Chemistry Department
- Physics Department
- Psychology Department
BASIC COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL INVENTORY LIST
Each department head will be responsible for maintaining the department's own inventory of hazardous chemicals or products. This inventory should include chemicals or products with labels indicating CAUTION, WARNING, DANGER, FLAMMABLE, POISON, CORROSIVE, OXIDIZER, etc. A master chemical inventory will be maintained in the Chemistry Department Stockroom and will be updated yearly and when Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for additional chemicals are received.
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS)
All hazardous chemicals in departments covered by the Hazard Communication Program are purchased materials; no hazardous chemicals or intermediates are manufactured or prepared in these departments. Therefore, the College shall rely on determinations of hazard made by the chemical manufacturer as indicated on the MSDS.
MSDS should be provided by the manufacturer or distributor on the initial shipment of a product or chemical, or upon request. MSDS provide information concerning the hazards of the chemical product. These documents include the identity of the chemical, physical and chemical characteristics, health hazards, primary routes of entry, permissible exposure limits, precautions for safe handling, and emergency and first aid procedures.
If there is a product for which there is no MSDS available, the department should request one from the manufacturer or the distributor of the product.
If there is no response within thirty (30) calendar days of sending the request, a follow-up letter should be sent.
A third request will be made if no response to the second request is received within fifteen (15) calendar days of submission.
If no MSDS is received after three documented requests, the Safety Committee is to be notified and, if appropriate, the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) will be contacted.
When an MSDS is received by any department from the manufacturer or distributor, it is the responsibility of the department head to forward a copy to the Chemistry Department Stockroom within five (5) calendar days of receipt.