Chemical users rights - compliance checklist under Hazcom

  • Have you received information and training on the chemical hazard in your work area?  Environmental Health and Safety provides general HazCom classes on a monthly schedule. In addition, prior to beginning work with a new hazardous chemical, the supervisor or area manager must provide employees with information on the specific chemical hazards, protective equipment, and safety data for the chemical. 
  • Do you have access to a inventory list of hazardous chemicals in your work area?
  • Has the inventory list been updated within the year?
  • Are there Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) available (on file) for all hazardous materials?
  • Are the MSDSs easily accessible (clearly marked, central location, ring binder or similar) at all times that the chemicals are in use?
  • Do all employee have access to a written Hazard Communication Program for the area? (it must spell out the policy, responsibilities, inventory, MSDSs, labeling, training)
  • Are all containers, such as bottles, can, vats, storage tanks, etc., labeled properly? (at minimum marking must indicate contents and hazard?)
  • Are chemical piping systems clearly marked as to their contents? (overhead pipes such as chemical drainlines, steam pipes, gas lines, also bench connections?)

If the answer to any of the above is no, then the area is not in compliance with the OSHA law and could be fined. Please contact your supervisor or EH&S for assistance in correcting any deficiencies.





Supervisor/area requirements - under Hazcom law

  • Have all affected employees been provided information and trained on the employee 'Right to Know' law? (affected employees includes all employees that use or work in areas with hazardous chemicals).
  • Do you have documentation of this training?
  • Do employee have access to a copy of the Hazard Communication Plan (or Chemical Hygiene Plan), Hazcom Inventory and MSDSs to review? 
  • Are employees aware of the potential hazards involving various chemicals stored or used in the workplace such as acids, bases, caustics, epoxies, and phenols?
  • Is employee exposure to chemicals kept within acceptable levels?
  • Are employees trained in the safe handling of hazardous chemicals such as acids and caustics? Have they been instructed in the proper use of personal protective equipment (eyeglasses, gloves, aprons, etc)?
  • Is the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) readily available?
  • Are employees prohibited from eating in areas where hazardous chemicals are present?
  • Are you familiar with the Threshold Limit Values or Permissible Exposure Limits of airborne contaminants or physical agents used in your workplace?
  • Whenever possible, are hazardous substances handled in properly designed and exhausted booths or similar locations?
  • Are eye wash fountains, safety showers and other water sources provided where corrosive chemicals are handled?
  • Are fire extinguisher provided where flammable chemicals are being used?  Do you employee know how to use a fire extinguisher?

If the answer to any of the above is no, then the area is not in compliance with the OSHA law and the NMSU department could be fined. For additional information or help please contact EH&S.


Contact Information 
 Environmental Health& Safety: MSC-3578, P.O. Box 30001, Academic Research Bldg. C, Rm. 109
    Street delivery address: NMSU, 1620 Standley Dr., Academic Research Bldg. C, Las Cruces, NM 88003
    Training Office: Academic Research Unit C, rm110 (see map ), 
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    This page was last updated on 09/21/2014