Hazard Communication Standard
Every Cal Poly Corporation employee has the right to know about chemicals being used on the job and the possible harmful effects of those chemicals (CCR Title 8, Section 5194, Hazard Communication). In addition, employees have the right to know if any chemicals being used are known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects (Section 25249.6 of the California Health and Safety Code Proposition 65). Toward that end, the Corporation has developed a system whereby all employees who use or work with hazardous chemicals are made aware of those hazards and what to do in the case of an emergency. See Safety Manual Appendix H for complete Hazard Communication Plan. Following is a summary of the Plan.
The Associate Human Resources Director is responsible for the overall coordination of the Hazard Communication Program. An inventory of all hazardous chemicals within the Corporation and their specific location within each department are located in each department. In addition, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is maintained for each chemical in use. The Material Safety Data Sheets cover specific information regarding each chemical. MSDS’ are to be kept by each department in the location of the chemical. Employees are to have easy access to the MSDS’ and should be able to review them at any time. Employees may review the MSDS’ by contacting their supervisor or the Associate Human Resources Director.
As part of the Hazard Communication Program, supervisors will at least annually train employees regarding hazardous chemicals or at any time when a new, significant hazard is introduced. Written record will be kept of the training. When new chemicals are purchased, their MSDS’ will be added to the inventory and training will be conducted on their use. Each department is responsible for training employees on hazardous chemicals and for requesting MSDS’ for any new chemicals purchased.
Proposition 65 requires that all employees be notified before any exposure to any chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The Corporation attempts to insure that employees are aware of any such chemicals that exist in the workplace and to minimize their exposure.