Chemical Safety Portal
Hazardous materials are used in a variety of different operations involving laboratories, shops, maintenance areas, storage areas and even offices. Since hazardous materials are used in many daily activities including consumer based products, manufacturers are required to provide a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) with any material they ship that identifies the hazards of that material and important considerations if spilled. SDS's should be maintained in each location where hazardous materials are present to allow employees the opportunity to reference that information before being exposed to that material. SDS's have also proven to be a valuable resource in the event of an emergency.
Laboratory Safety involves may areas but one critical element involves the safe use of hazardous materials in the lab. Due to the nature of work conducted in a lab setting, exposure to extremely dangerous materials is not only more likely to occur but exposure is likely to be more significant as well. As this raises the risk to employees and the environment, special considerations are made to both reduce the risk of a hazard with respect to probability as well as the severity of the risk. This includes wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and using appropriate administrative and engineering controls such as written procedures and proper lab configuration.
To help employees and students understand both the dangers of working with Hazardous Materials as well as the systems, policies and procedures in place to protect them, EH&S provides mandatory safety training in areas like Hazard Communication, Global Harmonized System (GHS), Laboratory Safety etc. Training is ultimately assigned based on an employee's job description to ensure that the training assigned best suits the hazards an employee is likely to face during the course of his/her duties. Want to learn more about training assignments and assigned training?
The Chemical Safety Committee is tasked with making recommendations to EH&S regarding the development of safety procedures, policies and programs necessary to maintain a safe work environment and reduce the risk injury and illness to employees and the campus community. To ensure that actions are graded to the specific needs of the campus, the committee is comprised of both campus faculty and staff which aids in preventing any undue burden on employees.