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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MS-WORD Benzene Chemical
MS-WORD Dry Ice Solid Carbon Dioxide Safety Program
MS-WORD Formaldehyde Safety Program
MS-WORD Hazard Communication And Chemical Safety Program
MS-WORD Laboratory Chemical Safety And Hygiene Program Safety Program
MS-WORD Lead Safety General Industry Safety Program
MS-WORD Metalworking Fluids Best Practices Manual Safety Program
Program Development
MS-WORD Chemical Storage
MS-WORD Hazard Communication Program Development
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Fact Sheets
MS-WORD Benzene Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Broken Fluorescent Bulb Cleanup Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Chemical Carcinognes
MS-WORD Chemical Control Banding Safety Topic Fact Sheet
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MS-WORD Hazcom Training Certificate Form
MS-WORD Hot Work Permit Form
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MS-WORD Hazard Communication Inspection General Form
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MS-WORD Plastics Plant Explosion Accident
MS-WORD Propane Explosion Accident
MS-WORD Propane Leak Accident
MS-WORD Sulfur Dioxide Release Accident
MS-WORD Water Reactive Chemical Accident
MS-WORD Welding 01 Accident
MS-WORD Hydraulics Safety Article
MS-WORD Skin Chemical Exposure Safety Article
Crossword Puzzle
MS-WORD Chemical Crossword Answer Key
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MS-WORD Chemical Lubricants
MS-WORD Chemical Oxidizers
MS-WORD Chemical Paint
MS-WORD Chemical Polish
MS-WORD Chemical Solvents
MS-WORD Chemical Water Treatment Chem
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 Employee Training Hazcom 2012 Training Handout
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 GHS English Pictograms And Hazards Korean
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MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 GHS Spanish Pictograms And Hazards
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 HCS GHS Chemical Hazard Classifications
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MS-WORD GHS Training Handout Korean
MS-WORD Leak Response Training Handout
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MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 Management Brief 2012 Hazcom GHS
MS-WORD Chemical Screening Chem Reactive Hazards
MS-WORD Contact Lenses In Chemical Environments Management Safety Brief
MS-WORD Hazard Communication Management Safety Brief
MS-WORD Management 2012 Changes To The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
MS-WORD Hazard Communication Training Outline
MS-WORD Chemical Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Safety Pamphlet
MS-WORD SDS Information Pamphlet
MS-PPT 40 Hour HAZWOPER PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT 40 hour HAZWOPER PowerPoint
MS-PPT Benzene PowerPoint
MS-PPT Cancer and the Workplace PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT Cancer and the Workplace PowerPoint
MS-PPT HAZWOPER 8Hr Operations PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT HAZWOPER 8Hr Operations PowerPoint
MS-PPT HazCom 10 Hour
MS-PPT Hazard Communication Chemical 2012 Globally Harmonized System Overview PowerPoint
MS-PPT Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety PowerPoint
MS-PPT Hazardous Waste Management Training PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT Hazardous Waste Management Training PowerPoint
MS-PPT Hexavalent Chromium PowerPoint
MS-PPT Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System GHS Chemical PowerPoint
MS-PPT Laboratory Chemical Safety PowerPoint
MS-PPT OSHA Hazard Communication Chemical Employee Training 2012 Changes PowerPoint
MS-PPT OSHA Hazard Communication for Safety Managers Chemical 2012 PowerPoint
MS-PPT Process Safety Management Overview PowerPoint
MS-PPT Working with Chemical Solvents PowerPoint
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 Employee Training Quiz 2012 HCS Changes
MS-WORD Chemical Safety Quiz Answer Key
MS-WORD Chemical Safety Quiz
MS-WORD Chemical Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Chemical Info Reminder
MS-WORD Chemical Protection Reminder
MS-WORD Chemical Rules Reminder
MS-WORD Chemical SDS 01 Reminder
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MS-WORD Chemical SDS 04 Reminder
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MS-WORD Chemical SDS 13 Reminder
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MS-WORD Chemicals Hazards Reminder
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MS-WORD Chemicals Rules Reminder
MS-WORD Office Chemical Reminder
MS-WORD Office P Chemicals Reminder
MS-WORD Chemical Safety Session
MS-WORD 2 Minute Safety Gasoline Safety
MS-WORD 2brief Chemicals
MS-WORD 2brief SDS
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 Brief English Hazard Communication (GHS) Safety Data Sheets
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom2012 Brief Spanish Hazard Communication (GHS) Safety Data Sheets
MS-WORD Chemical Bonding Grounding Talk Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Bonding Grounding Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Chlorine Talk Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Chlorine Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Flam Liquids Talk Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Flam Liquids Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom Talk Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Hazcom Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Label NFPA Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Labels Talk Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Labels Talk
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MS-WORD Chemical Lead Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Propane Talk Spanish
MS-WORD Chemical Propane Talk
MS-WORD Chemical Safety Talk Spanish
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