Hazardous Materials

In cooperation with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Agnes Scott College charges each supervisor and manager with the responsibility to ensure each container of hazardous chemical(s) on our campus is clearly labeled, tagged or marked with the identity of the chemical and the appropriate hazard warnings; to maintain copies of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for each hazardous chemical in our workplace and keep them in an area readily accessible to the employee work areas. Further, our supervisors and managers are required to inform employees of any hazardous chemicals in their workplace when initially hired and whenever a new hazard is introduced.

Employees most likely to come into contact with hazardous materials include those working in the chemistry department, physical plant, and public safety. Hazardous chemicals most likely to be present on campus include those used for experiments in the chemistry laboratories; those used by landscaping for grounds maintenance; by custodians for cleaning and disinfecting; by painters in paints and solvents, and by other physical-plant employees for maintenance purposes.

Employees are responsible both for notifying their supervisors and/or public safety immediately if they notice any unlabeled containers or leaking substances and for wearing issued protective equipment and/or clothing when handling hazardous materials.

Public safety will coordinate appropriate training programs and inspections of the work sites, and will facilitate emergency procedures if an incident takes place on campus. The Office of Human Resources will assist public safety with employee education and provide communication support to supervisors and department heads.

Policy No.  591  Issued  1/1/2004