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Hazard Communication


Environmental Health and Safety

Hazard Communication

When information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace is available to employees and supervisors, steps can be taken to reduce exposures, substitute less hazardous materials, and establish proper work practices to reduce the potential of work-related illnesses and injuries due to hazardous chemical exposures.

Employees (including student employees) of UW Superior have the right to be informed about hazardous chemicals in their work area, and to be provided with:

  • A list and the location of hazardous chemicals and substances in the workplace, including pesticides and infectious agents.
  • Access to safety data sheets, container labels and other forms of hazard information
  • Training for working safely with the hazardous substances in the workplace, including hazards associated with non-routine tasks.
  • Access to the written Hazard Communication Program
  • A list and the location of hazardous chemicals and substances in the workplace, including pesticides and infectious agents.
  • Access to safety data sheets (SDS), container labels and other forms of hazard information
  • Training for working safely with the hazardous substances in the workplace, including hazards associated with non-routine tasks.
  • Access to the written Hazard Communication Program

The employee's right to know about hazardous chemicals in their work area is based on State and Federal requirements:

A "hazardous chemical" means any substance, mixture or chemical which is classified as having a physical hazard or a health hazard, is a simple asphyxiant, combustible dust, pyrophoric gas, or has another hazard not otherwise classified. A hazardous chemical can be a pure substance like a laboratory chemical, a part of a mixture such as a cleaning product or art material, or an infectious agent or pesticide. 

UW Superior's Hazard Communication Program

The UW Superior Hazard Communication Program is readily available to employees: 

Hazard Communication Program, revised October 2013 

 

Training 

Global Harmonized System of Labeling and Safety Data Sheets

UW Superior employees who work with hazardous chemicals must receive training on the new elements of the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of labeling and safety data sheets included the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

This narrated 30 minute training presentation prepared by UW System Office of Risk Management will fulfill the training requirements.

 

Hazard Communication Resources

Safety Data Sheets (Formerly Material Safety Data Sheets)

Container Labeling 

UW Superior's GHS Labeling Poster

Explanation of New Label Pictograms (OSHA Quick Card)

New OSHA Labeling Requirements (OSHA Quick Card)

New OSHA Safety Data Sheet Format (OSHA Quick Card)

 

 



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