Chemical Safety Information

Safe use, storage and transportation of chemicals is essential for any facility.

Proper safe handling of chemicals by employees and safe chemical operations will prevent accidents, chemical exposures and chemical release to the environment. The Safety Library contains a large volume of chemical safety information to assist you in all aspects of your programs from Process Safety Management to proper chemical storage and Material Safety Data Sheet use, as well as selection of the proper chemical personal protection equipment to protect your employees from chemical exposure.

Hazard Communication (HazCom)

In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information must be available about the identities and hazards of the chemicals. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:

Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and

Prepare labels and material safety data sheets (SDSs) to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers.

All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and SDSs for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.

Written Hazard Communication Program

A written hazard communication program ensures that all employers receive the information they need to inform and train their employees properly and to design and put in place employee protection programs. It also provides necessary hazard information to employees, so they can participate in, and support, the protective measures in place at their workplaces. Employers therefore must develop, implement, and maintain at the workplace a written, comprehensive hazard communication program that includes provisions for container labeling, collection and availability of material safety data sheets, and an employee training program. It also must contain a list of the hazardous chemicals, the means the employer will use to inform employees of the hazards of non-routine tasks (for example, the cleaning of reactor vessels), and the hazards associated with chemicals in unlabeled pipes. If the workplace has multiple employers onsite (for example, a construction site), the rule requires these employers to ensure that information regarding hazards and protective measures be made available to the other employers onsite, where appropriate. In addition, all covered employers must have a written hazard communication program to get hazard information to their employees through labels on containers, SDSs, and training.

The written program does not have to be lengthy or complicated, and some employers may be able to rely on existing hazard communication programs to comply with the above requirements. The written program must be available to employees, their designated representatives, OSHA and NIOSH.

SDS Information - Safety Data Sheets

A Safety Data Sheet, often referred to by its acronym SDS, is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical which describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. Information included in a Safety Data Sheet aids in the selection of safe products, helps employers and employees understand the potential health and physical hazards of a chemical and describes how to respond effectively to exposure situations.ting.

The format of a Safety Data Sheet may vary but there is specific information that must be included in each sheet. It is useful to review this information to increase your ability to use a Safety Data Sheet.

All Safety Data Sheets should include the following information:
• Section 1: Chemical Product & Company Information - Provides the chemical name on the label to the SDS. Also listed is the name, address and the phone number of the company, manufacturer or distributor who provides the chemical.
• Section 2: Composition & Ingredients - Identifies all hazardous ingredients, OSHA permissible exposure limits (PEL) & ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) Threshold Limit Values (TLVs).
• Section 3: Hazard Identification - Information about the health effects of exposure. Description of the appearance, potential symptoms & health effects, routes of entry & target organs.
• Section 4: First Aid - Provides first aid procedures for each route of entry.
• Section 5: Fire-Fighting - Information on the explosive & fire properties, extinguishing agents and items and general fire-fighting information.
• Section 6: Accidental Release - Information on spill response, containment and required spill response PPE.
• Section 7: Handling and Storage - Information about chemical storage & handling and measures to prevent over-exposure.
• Section 8: Exposure Controls & Personal Protection - Engineering controls & personal protective equipment to reduce chemical exposure.
• Section 9: Physical & Chemical Properties - This section tells about the physical and chemical properties of the chemical. Characteristics include appearance, odor, physical state, pH, vapor pressure, vapor density, boiling point, freezing/melting point, solubility in water and specific gravity or density.
• Section 10: Stability & Reactivity - All potentially hazardous chemical reactions are identified in this section. Includes information on chemical stability, conditions to avoid, incompatibility, hazardous decomposition and hazardous polymerization.
• Section 11: Toxicological Information - Provides information such as acute data, carcinogen potential, reproductive effects, target organ effects, and other physiological aspects
• Section 12: Ecological Information - Information concerning the environmental impact if a chemical is released into the environment.
• Section 13: Disposal Considerations - Information concerning proper chemical disposal, recycling and reclamation.
• Section 14: Transport Information - Shipping information includes the hazardous s description, hazard class and the identification number (UN or NA numbers).
• Section 15: Regulatory Information - Provides information about applicable federal regulations. Examples include OSHA, TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act), CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act), SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act).
• Section 16: Additional Information - Provides other information about the chemical such as hazard ratings, preparation and revisions of the SDS, and label information.g.

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Program Material

Programs (written)
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 Benzene Chemical   Download  MS-WORD
 Dry Ice Solid Carbon Dioxide Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 Formaldehyde Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 Hazard Communication And Chemical Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 Laboratory Chemical Safety And Hygiene Program Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 Lead Safety General Industry Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
 Metalworking Fluids Best Practices Manual Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
Program Development
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 Chemical Storage   Download  MS-WORD
 Hazard Communication Program Development   Download  MS-WORD
 SDS Material Safety Data Sheet Program Development   Download  MS-WORD
Fact Sheets
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 Benzene Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Broken Fluorescent Bulb Cleanup Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Carcinognes   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Control Banding Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Cpc Evaluation   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Glossary   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Gloves Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Gloves   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Idlh Main   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Incompatible   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Label Hmis   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Labels Hmis Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Labels Nfpa Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Reactive   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS Info   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Storage   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Toxicology   Download  MS-WORD
 Dry Ice Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Hazard Communication Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Lab Chemical Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Manual Globally Harmonized System Of Classification And Labeling Of Chemicals Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Methylene Chloride Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Naerg Instructors Guide Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 SDS Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Terrorism Hsd Chemical Facility Security Reg   Download  MS-WORD

Forms & Documents

Audits
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 Chemical Safety Audit Guide   Download  MS-WORD
Checklists
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 Chemical Safety Supervisor Safety Checklist   Download  MS-WORD
Forms
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 Chemical Inventory List Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Employee Chemical Exposure Report Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Hazcom Training Certificate Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Hot Work Permit Form   Download  MS-WORD
 SDS Material Safety Data Sheet Form   Download  MS-WORD
 SDS Request Letter Form   Download  MS-WORD
Inspections
(3)
 Hazard Communication Inspection General Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Hazardous Chemicals Inspection General Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Pool Chemical Use and Storage Safety   Download  MS-WORD

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Accident Reports
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 Chemical Release Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Freon Sends 2 To Hospital Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Hydrochloric Acid Spill Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Lightning Sparks Chemical Fire Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Piping System Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Plastics Plant Explosion Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Propane Explosion Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Propane Leak Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Sulfur Dioxide Release Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Water Reactive Chemical Accident   Download  MS-WORD
 Welding 01 Accident   Download  MS-WORD
Articles
(2)
 Hydraulics Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
 Skin Chemical Exposure Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
Crossword Puzzle
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 Chemical Crossword Answer Key   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Crossword   Download  MS-WORD
Guides
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 Chemical A Basics   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Acids   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Adhesives   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Bases   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Cleaning Compounds   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Comp Gas   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Corr Prev Cmpds   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Detergent   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Fuels   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Greases   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Heavy Metal   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hydraulic   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Inspect Penetrants   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Lubricants   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Oxidizers   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Paint   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Polish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Solvents   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Water Treatment Chem   Download  MS-WORD
Handouts
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 Chemical Hazcom2012 Employee Training Hazcom 2012 Training Handout   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom2012 GHS English Pictograms And Hazards Korean   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom2012 GHS English Pictograms And Hazards   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom2012 GHS Spanish Pictograms And Hazards   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom2012 HCS GHS Chemical Hazard Classifications   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Training Handout Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Training Handout   Download  MS-WORD
 GHS Training Handout Korean   Download  MS-WORD
 Leak Response Training Handout   Download  MS-WORD
 SDS Training Handout   Download  MS-WORD
Management
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 Chemical Hazcom2012 Management Brief 2012 Hazcom GHS   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Screening Chem Reactive Hazards   Download  MS-WORD
 Contact Lenses In Chemical Environments Management Safety Brief   Download  MS-WORD
 Hazard Communication Management Safety Brief   Download  MS-WORD
 Management 2012 Changes To The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard   Download  MS-WORD
Outlines
(1)
 Hazard Communication Training Outline   Download  MS-WORD
Pamphlets
(3)
 Chemical Pamphlet Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Safety Pamphlet   Download  MS-WORD
 SDS Information Pamphlet   Download  MS-WORD
PowerPoints
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 40 Hour HAZWOPER PowerPoint Spanish   Download  MS-PPT
 40 hour HAZWOPER PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Benzene PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Cancer and the Workplace PowerPoint Spanish   Download  MS-PPT
 Cancer and the Workplace PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 HAZWOPER 8Hr Operations PowerPoint Spanish   Download  MS-PPT
 HAZWOPER 8Hr Operations PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 HazCom 10 Hour   Download  MS-PPT
 Hazard Communication Chemical 2012 Globally Harmonized System Overview PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety PowerPoint Spanish   Download  MS-PPT
 Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Hazardous Waste Management Training PowerPoint Spanish   Download  MS-PPT
 Hazardous Waste Management Training PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System GHS Chemical PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Laboratory Chemical Safety PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 OSHA Hazard Communication Chemical Employee Training 2012 Changes PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 OSHA Hazard Communication for Safety Managers Chemical 2012 PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Process Safety Management Overview PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
 Working with Chemical Solvents PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
Quizzes
(3)
 Chemical Hazcom2012 Employee Training Quiz 2012 HCS Changes   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Safety Quiz Answer Key   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Safety Quiz   Download  MS-WORD
Reminders/Overheads
(26)
 Chemical Hazards Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Info Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Protection Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Rules Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 01 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 02 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 03 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 04 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 05 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 06 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 07 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 08 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 09 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 10 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 11 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 12 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 13 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 14 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 15 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical SDS 16 Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemicals Hazards Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemicals Info Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemicals Protection Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemicals Rules Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Office Chemical Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Office P Chemicals Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
Sessions
(1)
 Chemical Safety Session   Download  MS-WORD
Supervisor
(5)
 2 Minute Safety Gasoline Safety   Download  MS-WORD
 2brief Chemicals   Download  MS-WORD
 2brief SDS   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom2012 Brief English Hazard Communication (GHS) Safety Data Sheets   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom2012 Brief Spanish Hazard Communication (GHS) Safety Data Sheets   Download  MS-WORD
Talks
(22)
 Chemical Bonding Grounding Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Bonding Grounding Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Chlorine Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Chlorine Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Flam Liquids Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Flam Liquids Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Hazcom Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Label NFPA Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Labels Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Labels Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Lead Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Lead Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Propane Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Propane Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Safety Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Safety Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Toxicology Talk Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Chemical Toxicology Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 Opps Haz Waste Disposal Talk   Download  MS-WORD
Videos
(8)
 Chemical Corrosive   Download  OnLine
 Chemical Environment   Download  OnLine
 Chemical Flammable   Download  OnLine
 Chemical Harmfull   Download  OnLine
 Chemical Irritant   Download  OnLine
 Chemical Risk   Download  OnLine
 Chemical Toxic   Download  OnLine
 Reactive Chemical Hazards   Download  OnLine

Awareness

Posters
(16)
 Labels Signs Caution   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Chms   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Danger   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Exit Emerg   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Exit Left   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Exit Not   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Exit Right   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Exit   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs NFP   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Notice   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Smoking No   Download  MS-WORD
 Labels Signs Warning   Download  MS-WORD
 Poster Chem   Download  MS-WORD
 Poster SDS Poster   Download  MS-WORD
 Poster SDS   Download  MS-WORD
 Poster Waste Hazards   Download  MS-WORD
Safety Comic Strip
(1)
 Comic Archive Chemical Mixing Safety Comic Strip   Download  MS-WORD

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