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A. The purpose of the Hazard Communication Program is to provide Kansas State University employees with the necessary information to protect their health and well being from chemical hazards. Kansas State University has developed a written hazard communication program that includes chemical inventory, employee training, material safety data sheet (MSDS) use, container labeling, spill control, personal protective equipment use, and notification of work on site contractors.
B. This hazard communication program applies to all chemicals or chemical products that are known to be present in the workplace and which employees may be exposed under normal use conditions or in a foreseeable emergency. The chemicals covered by this program include laboratory chemicals, cleaning agents, floor strippers and waxes, maintenance solvents and oils, bottled gas, printing inks and solvents, photocopy inks and toners, and other chemical products. This standard does not apply to:
C. Employee means any worker, i.e., faculty, staff, or student, who is exposed to chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies. Employees such as office workers who encounter hazardous chemicals only in non routine, isolated instances are not covered by this rule.
A. The Department of Public Safety shall have overall responsibility to manage the Hazard Communication Program.
B. Each department shall have a Department Safety Coordinator who will have the responsibility to operate the Hazard Communication Program for the department.
C. The Department Safety Coordinator will coordinate all efforts with the Department of Public Safety.
A. The Controllers office will notify the Department of Public Safety of all chemical or chemical products purchased by Kansas State University.
B. Each Department Safety Coordinator will compile an annual inventory of all hazardous chemicals and report this information to the Department of Public Safety. Included in this report will be the storage location of the chemicals.
A. Each container of hazardous chemicals must be labeled, tagged or marked with the identity of the hazardous chemical(s) in the container and the appropriate hazard warnings, such as corrosive, flammable, poison, and/or reactive.
B. The labels shall not be removed or defaced on incoming containers of hazardous chemicals unless the container is immediately marked with the required information.
C. The labels or other forms of warning must be legible and prominently displayed on the container.
D. If existing labels already convey the necessary information, new labels need not be added.
E. The following chemicals do not require additional labeling other than that required under:
F. Any laboratory chemical which has been procured and stored in laboratories prior to 1988 need not be labeled as described above as long as the original label is applied to the container. Every effort must be made to use up the old chemicals prior to ordering new supplies.
A. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are a printed description of the chemicals used in the workplace. These sheets provide the employer and employees with the necessary information to use the chemicals safely and how to deal with chemical accidents. Each MSDS contains the following information:
B. Manufacturers and importers of chemicals or chemical products presently provide MSDS's to distributors and retailers. The MSDS's are sent to all buyers. If the department does not receive the required MSDS, the Department Safety Coordinator must request the MSDS from the manufacturer.
C. Any department that manufactures or provides a chemical product must prepare and make available an MSDS for that product. Blank MSDS forms are available from the Department of Public Safety. Storerooms, such as the Chemistry Storeroom and Biology Storeroom, that sell chemicals to the campus must provide MSDS's for the chemicals sold.
D. Each department must make available to the employees a complete, current set of MSDS's for all chemical(s) used in the department. The Department Safety Coordinator must maintain the set of MSDS's.
A. The Department of Public Safety shall provide training on hazardous chemicals to the Department Safety Coordinators. The Department of Public Safety shall also provide introductory information to all new employees hired by Kansas State University except for student help.
B. The Department Safety Coordinator will provide employees with information and training on chemicals at the time of their initial assignment, and whenever a new chemical is introduced. This includes the location and availability of the MSDS set.
C. Employee training shall include:
D. Each department must submit a log of training dates and personnel trained to the Department of Public Safety as proof of each employee's training.