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
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. Additional information about the program can be found here.
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. The College of Arts and Sciences uses an internal SharePoint platform (AU login required) to manage their chemical inventory and link to Safety Data Sheets. The SharePoint website can be accessed here.
For more information, please contact:
Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP