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SU employees can review a copy of this written program in the office and the websites of the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator.
The purpose of the Hazard Communication Program is to ensure that all affected employees are aware of the dangers associated with hazardous materials used at Seattle University.
The manufacturer’s recommended procedures must always be followed. These procedures can be found on each Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Material Safety Data Sheets are explained below.
No employee is permitted to use a hazardous chemical product until the MSDS is on site.
No employee is permitted to use a hazardous chemical product until the employee has had hazard communication training.
Approved containers must be used for gasoline and other flammable or combustible solvents. Equipment power cords must be disconnected before the equipment is cleaned with solvents. Proper ventilation must be used when there is the possibility of fumes or vapors accumulating.
All containers of hazardous materials, including those in academic laboratories, at Seattle University must have securely affixed warning labels. This requirement applies to all hazardous materials, whether purchased before or after the effective date of this program.
The labels must be prominently displayed, written in English, and clearly legible. It is strongly encouraged that departments use the HMIS or NFPA labeling system, which uses color and number coding to identify hazards. Please contact the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator for more information.
The original manufacturer’s label or a hand-written label will be acceptable, if the hand written label contains the original information and is clearly legible, in English.
On the primary (original) container, labels must include the following information:
Repackaged secondary or temporary hazardous chemicals must be labeled with the same information that was included on the primary container.
The University Safety Committee will periodically review the effectiveness of the campus labeling program and recommend that it be updated, if needed.
Copies of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be available to all affected employees for all hazardous chemicals located at Seattle University.
Each department will keep a binder of MSDS for the chemicals used in that work area. The MSDS binder will be readily available for review by all employees during each work shift. Copies will be available to the employee upon request.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator is responsible for establishing and monitoring the MSDS system, including procedures for obtaining MSDS.
The manufacturers of hazardous chemicals are required to supply MSDS for their products. The user shall forward a copy of all MSDS received to the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator so that a complete set of MSDS for all hazardous materials on the SU campus will be maintained in one office.
Each supervisor will review incoming MSDS for new and significant health or safety information and will see that any new information is passed on to affected employees through training. MSDS’s will be updated as new products are added or old ones discontinued.
Before any new chemical is introduced into the work place, each employee will be given hazardous product information in the same manner as during the initial Hazard Communication training. The employee’s supervisor is responsible for providing this information.
Each supervisor must verify that new containers of hazardous chemicals are properly labeled before they are brought into the specific work area. Labels must be legible. MSDS’s on new chemicals must be entered into the departments MSDS folder.
The supervisor of each work area is responsible for keeping an up-to-date list or inventory of hazardous chemicals used in that area. The list must refer to a chemical by the same name(s) used on the corresponding Material Safety Data Sheet and the container label. This list must be kept with the binder containing the MSDS for these hazardous chemicals. This list and the MSDS binder must be available for review by employees during any work shift.
The supervisor must note the date a new hazardous chemical is added to, or taken from the list. A revised list and a copy of the MSDS must be forwarded to the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator. The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator will maintain MSDS for hazardous products that are no longer on site, as an historical record or archive.
Employees may be required to perform non-routine tasks involving hazardous products. Prior to starting work on such projects, each affected employee will be given information by his/her supervisor about hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed during such activity. This information will include:
It is the University policy that no employee will begin work in a confined space or on any non-routine task involving hazardous materials without first receiving a safety briefing from the department supervisor.
It is the responsibility of the Seattle University Project Manager to provide contractors with information regarding hazardous chemicals in the contractor’s work area. The notification shall be in writing and will include:
It is the contractor’s responsibility to notify the Project Manager or the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator, in writing, when hazardous chemicals will be brought onto campus. The contractor will provide the following information:
All employees of Seattle University who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals at SU will be provided information and training on the chemicals in their work area. Prior to starting work, each new employee with potential exposure to hazardous products will attend a health and safety orientation and will receive information and training on the following:
It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure that employees have received this training before working in an area with hazardous chemicals.
Periodic notices will be posted on the employee bulletin boards, which provide an explanation of the container labeling system and the location of SU’s written Hazard Communication Program.
The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator will be responsible for assisting supervisors in arranging the employee training and information program.
In case of a chemical spill or accidental exposure to hazardous chemicals, immediately call Campus Public Safety at x5911. Refer to the appropriate MSDS for emergency instructions and relay this information to Campus Public Safety.
A hazardous material is any substance in any quantity or form that could jeopardize health, safety, or property. Such materials include toxic chemicals, flammable liquids or solids, poisons, corrosives, compressed gases and others. Approval must be obtained from the SU Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator before disposing of potentially hazardous material according to SU’s Hazardous Materials Disposal Plan.