Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are present in many chemical products used in daily work activities at IUB.  Because chemicals can be particularly hazardous to human health and the environment if mishandled, they should be used with caution.  When possible lower hazard materials or techniques should be substituted.  Information on this page should be used to identify the specific hazards of the products used and to reduce or eliminate exposure risks.

Hazard Communication – Hazard Communication is the program that defines how we warn people of the hazards associated with the chemicals they use.  All chemicals must be in containers bearing information about the identity of the material and its hazards.  Original manufacturer containers carry this information.  But if you dispense material into a secondary container you must transfer the identity and hazards of the material to the new container.  In addition to the labeling requirement, manufacturers are required to prepare material safety data sheets (MSDS) to detail physical and chemical properties and health effects of their products.

Chemical Product Safety Information (MSDS) – This page provides information about finding and using product safety information and links to MSDS databases on the web.

Spills – If the spilled material is of a quantity and type that you are comfortable handling, you can clean it up yourself and submit a waste request to dispose of the cleanup debris.  If the spilled material is of a type or quantity that you are not comfortable handling, do not have the necessary supplies to handle, or if the spill may reach a drain or waterway, contact EHS at 5-6311 to request assistance from the IUB emergency response team.  If there are injuries or exposures or if there is an immediate danger from the spilled material, dial 911 to activate emergency response personnel and procedures.

SARA Reporting