Hazard Communication Program


Faculty, staff, and students

Policy Statement

Employees (including student workers) of the University who may be exposed to “hazardous chemicals” in their normal course of employment or in a reasonably foreseeable emergency, are expected to fulfill the requirements of the University’s Hazard Communication Program written in conjunction with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. The University shall maintain a written program that describes the mechanisms and procedures in place to communicate the hazards of workplace chemicals, such as labels and other forms of warning; material safety data sheets (MSDS); and employee information and training.

Basic training as provided by the Environmental Health Office (EHO), and additional training as provided by the supervisor regarding pertinent and specific information on hazardous chemicals/materials related to job duties or a reasonably foreseeable emergency, should be completed prior to potential exposure and whenever a chemical hazard changes (i.e. MSDS change, job task modification resulting in a different exposure, etc.). All training must be documented and retained for future reference.

The University seeks to minimize occupational hazards to employees and expects them to act responsibly by:

  • Adhering to the policy and procedures outlined in the written program.
  • Attending training as required and in accordance with the written program.
  • Reviewing each MSDS and understanding the hazards of chemicals in their work area prior to potential exposure.
  • Properly wearing and caring for personal protective equipment (as assigned).

Policy Administration

Links to Procedures and Related Information

Amended: September 2005