Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

CHEMICAL / HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SAFETY
5.10
Revised 4-09
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Chemical Hazard Communication Program

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OVERVIEW

Each department and/or unit which uses chemicals is to develop, implement, and maintain a written Chemical Hazard Communication Program. EXCEPTION: See below for laboratories. A written program describes how chemical hazards and protective measures are identified and communicated to employees, students, other WSU departments, and contractors. See below for definitions.

The communication methods used are:

A Chemical Hazard Communication Program template is available to assist departments/units in developing their specific written program. See below.

See also 4.14 and 5.12 for information concerning chemical carcinogens.

Laboratories

Laboratories are required to have a written Chemical Hygiene Plan, if applicable. See 4.12. They are not required to have a written Chemical Hazard Communication Program.

The general University Chemical Hygiene Plan is published as the Laboratory Safety Manual (LSM). To view the LSM, go to the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Laboratory Safety Manual website at:

http://ehs.wsu.edu/labsafety/LabSafetyManual.html

RESPONSIBILITIES

Department Chair/Director

The department chair or director is to ensure that this policy is implemented.

Supervisor

Supervisor responsibilities include:

To obtain a program template, see the EH&S Chemical Safety/Hazard Communication website at:

http://ehs.wsu.edu/

Select Workplace Safety, then
Select Chemical Safety/Hazard Communication.

or contact EH&S; telephone 335-3041.

Employee/Student

Employees and students using hazardous chemicals are responsible for the following:

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

EH&S is responsible for:

WRITTEN PROGRAM

Each nonlaboratory department and/or unit where any hazardous chemical is used must have a written Chemical Hazard Communication Program.

Identifying Hazardous Chemicals

There are several ways to determine if a chemical is hazardous:

Components

Minimum components of a written Chemical Hazard Communication Program include:

Template

EH&S has created a template designed for departments and/or units to develop and implement as their written Chemical Hazard Communication Program.

Obtain copies of the template from the EH&S Chemical Safety/Hazard Communication website or by contacting EH&S;
telephone 335-3041. The website is at:

http://ehs.wsu.edu/

Select Workplace Safety, then
Select Chemical Safety/Hazard Communication.

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Hazardous chemical product manufacturers or distributors are to supply MSDSs. Departments and units are to maintain and make available MSDSs for each hazardous chemical product used. This instruction is to be described in the department/unit's written Chemical Hazard Communication Program.

A department or unit having difficulty obtaining a MSDS from a manufacturer or supplier may complete a Material Safety Data Sheet Request form. Complete and/or print the PDF master on 5.10.5 to obtain copies of the request form.

Submit completed request forms to EH&S; mail code 1172.

DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply to the University's Chemical Hazard Communication Program policy:

Hazardous Chemical

A hazardous chemical is defined as any chemical whose presence or use is a physical or health hazard.

Health Hazard

As used in the Chemical Hazard Communication Program, health hazard means any chemical for which there is significant evidence. based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles, that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees.

Health hazards include carcinogens, toxic or highly toxic agents, reproductive toxins, irritants, corrosives, sensitizers, hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, agents which act on the hematopoietic system, and agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.

Laboratory

The term laboratory applies to a facility where the laboratory use of hazardous chemicals occurs. Such facilities are workplaces where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a nonproduction basis. Laboratory activities involve teaching, research, and sampling and analysis activities.

Physical Hazard

As used in the Chemical Hazard Communication Program, a physical hazard means a chemical for which there is scientifically valid evidence that it is a combustible liquid, a compressed gas, explosive, flammable, organic peroxide, oxidizer, pyrophoric, unstable (reactive), or water-reactive.

See the PDF form:
5.10.5: Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Request
Complete and/or print as needed