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Environmental Health and Safety

Hazard Communication

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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. The link on the right will enable supervisors to easily store and locate the appropriate SDS for each chemical. The site can be customized to show locations of hazardous materials on campus as needed.

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. To learn more about the Laboratory Entry Sign Program, follow the Quick Link at the right-hand side of this page.


For more information, please contact:

Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP
Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007