Chemical Safety

Chemical safety at Kansas State University is achieved by chemical hazard identification and control, careful management of chemicals, and effective hazard communication. To this end, the university implements a Chemical Hygiene Program and a Hazard Communication Program as outlined in OSHA federal regulations (29 CFR 1910.1450 and 29 CFR 1910.1200 respectively). While federal OSHA does not have jurisdiction on campus, these programs are implemented as a means of providing safe laboratory spaces and practices on campus; to meet the requirements of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL); to fulfill the contractual agreements with federal funding entities; and to meet the expectations of accrediting bodies.

In addition to these University level programs, each department or laboratory is required to maintain safety documents specific to their administrative area. The intent is that the Lab Safety Manual along with these written programs and laboratory level safety documents will provide comprehensive chemical safety information and meet regulatory requirements.

The sections below provide descriptions of these programs and requirements. Full written versions of these programs can be found on the EHS website.