Hazard Communication, also known as the Right-To-Know, involves the communication of chemical physical and health hazards to employees who have potential exposures in the workplace. It is the responsibility of departments, as well as your own, to handle chemicals safely, understand chemical labeling requirements, and ensure that Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available.
There are five essential elements to Hazard Communication, including:
The University Hazard Communication Program provides guidance to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to avoid exposure to any potentially hazardous chemicals. The Hazard Communication Program applies to all employees and students employed by Illinois State University, who by job classification or responsibilities, can reasonably be expected to come in contact with hazardous chemicals.
Departments shall compile and maintain a workplace chemical inventory of the hazardous chemicals in their work areas. Chemical inventories can be compiled for the workplace as a whole or for individual departments and work areas. KHA online, a web-based Safety Data Sheet Management System, can be used for chemical inventories. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety at (309) 438-8325 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to use KHA online for your department/work area(s).
To ensure that appropriate information concerning the hazards of a chemical are accessible to employees, all containers of hazardous chemicals shall be labeled. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Chemical manufacturers are required to include the following on chemical labels:
When hazardous chemicals are transferred from original containers to non-labeled containers, the new container must be labeled with the following:
For more information about labeling and signage requirements, review the ISU Hazard Communication Program.
A Safety Data Sheet is a written document provided by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical which provides detailed information, including physical and health hazards, physical and chemical characteristics, recommendations for appropriate protective measures, and much more.
SDSs are available 24/7 on KHA online, the University's web-based SDS Management System. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety at (309) 438-8325 or email@example.com if you would like to use KHA online for your department/work area(s).
All employees who handle or come into contact with hazardous chemicals in the workplace shall be trained on the risks, hazard s, and precautions necessary to safely handle chemicals in their work area. New university employees shall be trained prior to assignment. Refresher training is required w hen there is a change in job function, a change in the hazards or the chemicals themselves, a new product is procured, or there is reason to believe the employee does not fully understand the components of Hazard Communication Training.
Affected departments are responsible for ensuring that their employees are properly trained. Employee training shall include: