Occupational Safety and Health

Hazard Communication

The purpose of hazard communication is to inform employees of the hazards associated with chemicals in their workplace, and ensure the safe use, handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals. To that end, IU has developed a hazard communication program and training to comply with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

The program requires departments to keep an inventory of chemicals they currently have in stock, and to maintain a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) in the workplace for any chemical on that list. The SDS was designed to convey important safety hazard information and protection measures for anyone who may come in contact with a product, including employees, fire fighters and other emergency personnel. Current, revised, and any obsolete SDS must be kept on file at the University for 30 years.

The program also requires all employees who handle chemical products in the work place to be trained on labeling requirements and how to read and use a SDS.

See the program for more information.