Chemical Safety

Most labs and workshops at App State utilize hazardous chemicals as part of their normal daily operations. Accordingly, labs and similar workspaces on campus are subject to the OSHA Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). To meet the requirements specified in this standard, EHS & EM works closely with labs to develop and maintain the necessary documentation (Chemical Hygiene Plan, SOPs) and programs (Inventory and Waste Management, Training) to ensure the safe use, transport, collection, storage, and disposal of chemicals within teaching and research areas.

Hazard Communication

As hazard communication is the underlying foundation of chemical safety, labs and workshops at App State must also comply with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). This standard stipulates that information about the identities and hazards of chemicals must be available and understandable to workers through the development and implementation of a hazard communication program. This program should aim to:

  • Identify hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  • Evaluate the potential hazards of chemicals to which employees may be exposed
  • Communicate information on physical and health hazards of chemicals utilizing the Global Harmonized System Of Classification & Labeling Of Chemicals (GHS)
  • Enact protective measures for faculty, staff, and students
  • Ensure availability of Safety Data Sheets
  • Educate and Train employees