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Hazard Communication

The Hazard Communication program provides detailed safety guidelines and instructions for the receipt, use, and storage of chemicals on campus. All persons working with or routinely coming into contact with hazardous materials are trained to identify, categorize, and handle them appropriately.

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

To avoid injury, faculty and staff routinely coming into contact with hazardous materials or chemicals must be aware of the substance's hazardous properties. Some agents used on campus are explosive, corrosive, flammable, and/or toxic. Other products are relatively safe to use and store, but may become dangerous when they interact with other substances. Before using a specific chemical, safe handling methods and health hazards must always be reviewed. Supervisors should ensure that all chemicals' Safety Data Sheets are readily available.

Laboratory Entry Signs

Laboratory entry signs at American University help visitors and first responders quickly identify science laboratory spaces, which typically have restricted entry requirements and may contain unique hazards. They also convey precautions that should be observed upon entering the space and provide emergency contact information. 

Chemical Inventory

University policy requires each individual in control of chemicals to maintain an accurate chemical inventory in order to minimize waste, track reporting limits, and comply with hazard communication laws. American University uses an external software (ChemInventory) to manage their chemical inventory and link to Safety Data Sheets. To learn more about the platform please visit the Chemical Safety page

For more information, please contact: 

Fabiola Fernandez
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety 
Phone: 202-885-2541