- Or-OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, Right-to-Know Act) specifies that both employees and employers know the identity and safety/health hazards of substances used in the work place, in order to reduce occupational illnesses due to harmful chemical exposures
- HCS requires manufacturers of substances that are a health or physical hazard to prepare a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and provide it to purchasers
- Employers who use these substances must retain the SDS's and provide hazard training to all employees who may be exposed
- Exposure includes both normal work operations and emergency situations
- Most chemical products used at OSU are considered hazardous
- Tobacco and tobacco products
- Wood and wood products
- Articles, manufactured items, or products that do not release or otherwise result in exposure to hazardous chemicals under normal conditions of use
- Foods, drugs, and cosmetics (regulated by FDA) intended for personal consumption or use by the employees in the work place
- Hazardous substance while in transport regulated by DOT
What Is On A Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?
- Identity of chemicals found in the substance (chemical and trade names)
- The immediate and long term health effects of exposure
- The routes of exposure and symptoms of overexposure
- The potential for fire, explosion, and reactivity
- Emergency procedures for spills, fire, disposal, and first aid
- Appropriate protective equipment and clothing
Where are SDS Kept?
- EH&S maintainslinks for chemical companies that supply non-lab chemicals
- Most lab chemical SDS's are available through supplier web sites
- OSU maintains a paper copy file of all SDS's in the EH&S office
- Employees can request specific SDS's from EH&S
- In an emergency, OSU employees may call Public Safety @ 7-3010 for 24 hour access to the SDS data file
OSU Hazard Communication Program
- EH&S is responsible to implement and administer the University's Hazard Communication Program
- All departments have been included in order to comply with the rule
- This written program is in the Safety Procedures Handbook section of the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual
- EH&S has a Right-to-Know (RTK) training program that is offered to all departments
- Program covers the contents of the data sheets, the basic information about chemical toxicity, and how to avoid exposure
- Further training is performed on specific hazardous substances in each department or job classification on request
- Documented (RTK) training is required for new employees at time of hire.
- For non-lab environments, hazards of new chemicals should be reviewed any time a new one is introduced to the work envirnment.
- Hazard Communication handbook
- If you are concerned about any substance you are working with, call EH&S at 7-2273
- EH&S can provide more complete information, help interpret data sheets, and evaluate potential health effects of exposure based on your job environment.
Safety Instruction Number:
Thursday, October 23, 2014