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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

11. HAZARD COMMUNICATION PROGRAM

     

Applicability

The Hazard Communication Program is an OSHA requirement and is intended to provide information regarding the use of hazardous chemicals in the work place. All NMSU employees should be familiar with the requirements of the written program. Employees that use chemicals or chemical products (including common items such as cleaners, glues, photochemicals, fuels, paints, insecticides, etc) must receive training from NMSU. EH&S gives this training monthly and provides documentation.

Chemical users/buyers must also be aware of NMSU reporting requirements & purchasing restrictions for COI chemicals per Department of Homeland Security requirements (EH&S website). [update 2008]

Written Program

NMSU has developed a written Hazard Communication program. Employees have the right to know the hazards involved with the chemicals and products with which they work. NMSU maintains a written program available to all employees. It is available for review at the EH&S office or via the policy section of the safety web site (safety.nmsu.edu). The written program specifies the university policy, training requirements, responsibilities of employees relating to the program, and procedures for program implementation and maintenance.

HazCom Chemical Inventory

Each department is required to conduct and maintain a inventory of chemicals (and chemical products) used or located in their work areas. The HazCom inventory is to include identity, approximate quantity, hazard type, location, and contact information (two contacts). The inventory must be updated at annually with EH&S. Additional details on the web-based inventory are provided on the safety web site. An MSDS must be available for each chemicals on the list.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS or MSDS)

The SDS is a detailed reference for the chemical prepared by the manufacturer (Prior to June 2012, the SDS was called an MSDS, Material Safety Data Sheet). It contains technical, safety and health information about the chemical. These documents must be available to all staff on every shift. All staff must know what an SDS is and where they are located for their work area. Each department and supervisor is responsible for maintaining a set of SDS for the hazardous materials used or stored within their work areas. SDSs are required as part of a NMSU purchase order. Multiple links are available in the resources section of the safety web site (www.nmsu.edu/~safety) to obtain missing SDSs.

Labeling

All containers of hazardous chemicals are required to be correctly labeled. The original labels are a primary source of information to prevent unnecessary exposure to hazardous chemicals. Chemicals placed in secondary containers must also be labeled. EH&S recommends the NFPA labeling system for secondary containers. The chemical name, its hazard rating (0 low to 4 extreme) for fire, reactivity, toxicity and any specific hazard are marked on the color coded label.

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