Hazard Communication Plan

  • Is the HAZCOM Plan available? Is it the most current version?

Training

  • Have employees been trained on HAZCOM?

  • Are training records readily available? Forms completed?

Chemical Inventory

  • Is the Chemical Inventory List Available?

  • Is it up-to-date?

  • Has it been provided to the Office of Research Safety?

Safety Data Sheets

  • Is there a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) available for all chemicals?

  • Are the SDS's current?

  • Although not required per the standard, Clemson's HAZCOM plan suggests that the SDS's be organized. Are SDS's organized?

Chemical Containers and Storage

  • Are all containers labeled?

  • Are chemicals properly stored?

  • Are chemicals segregated properly?

Chemical Storage Cabinets

  • Are chemical cabinets posted?

  • Are the chemical cabinet doors closed properly?

  • Are the chemical cabinet doors locked, if necessary?

  • Are bungs in place for the Flammables Cabinet?

Hazardous Waste

  • Is the Hazardous Waste in secondary containment?

PPE

  • Is PPE available?

  • Is the PPE provided appropriate?

  • Is the PPE being used properly?

  • Is the PPE being maintained and stored properly?

  • Have employees received training on PPE equipment (correct type, storage, and usage)?

Accident and Exposure Reporting

  • Are employees familiar with the accident and exposure reporting process?

General Housekeeping

  • Is general housekeeping in good order?

  • Are aisles unobstructed?

  • Is area clutter free?

  • No slips, trips, or fall hazards?

  • Are electrical panels free from obstruction?

  • Is the room and/or building locked, if necessary?

Spill Controls/Supplies

  • Are spill supplies available?

  • Is there a spill control plan in place?

Lighting

  • Is the lighting sufficient?

Drench Equipment

  • Are drench equipment signs posted?

  • Is there a possible need for drench equipment? Drench equipment availability?

  • Have safety showers been inspected monthly and documentation available?

  • Have emergency eye washes been tested weekly as required and is documentation available?

  • Is the drench equipment access unobstructed?

Fire Extinguishers

  • Are fire extinguishers available?

  • Are fire extinguisher inspections current?

  • Are fire extinguishers properly mounted?

Gas Cylinders

  • Are gas cylinders properly secured?

  • Are cylinders properly labeled?

  • When not in use, are caps in place and screwed all the way down on the gas cylinder's neck?

  • Are valves easily accessible?

  • Are any cylinders or valves noticeably corroded?

  • Are cylinders properly segregated?

Additional Comments

Link to Hazard Communication Plan on ORS website

  • Link to Clemson's Hazard Communication Plan available at: http://media.clemson.edu/research/safety/HAZARD%20COMMUNICATION%20PLAN%20Rev%203%202013.pdf

    http://media.clemson.edu/research/safety/HAZARD%20COMMUNICATION%20PLAN%20Rev%203%202013.pdf

General Hazard Communication Requirements for Compliance

  • A hard copy of the most current Hazard Communication Plan must be available for every location. The Hazard Communication Plan can be found on The Office of Research Safety Website.

  • Inventory lists for all hazardous chemicals/products must be up-to-date. Inventories must be sent annually to The Office of Research Safety by February 15th. The chemical/product name listed on this form must match the chemical/product name on the SDS (Safety Data Sheet). Items that are no longer being used must be removed from the inventory list. This inventory list must be printed and kept in the Right To Know Center binder.

  • Up-to-date SDS’s for all hazardous chemicals must be readily available. It is suggested that the SDS’s be organized alphabetically by the product name and/or by chemical name. It is also suggested that the same criteria be used from location to location). In order to make a product search more user-friendly, all pages for each SDS should be stapled together and the hazardous product/chemical name should be highlighted. This hazardous product/chemical name must match what is listed on the Inventory form. A page should be inserted at the beginning of the binder explaining how the SDS’s are organized. (i.e. In alphabetical order by hazardous product name.) A SDS must be replaced whenever a revised SDS is issued for that chemical. All old SDS’s must be archived.

  • For any SDS’s that are more than 3 years old, a revised SDS must be requested. If the company for a specific product has not updated the SDS, the top of the SDS should be initialed and dated that it has been researched. Whenever a product is purchased at the Facilities Maintenance store, a SDS should be requested. If the product is ordered through an outside company, at the time of placing the order, request that the SDS be sent directly to the person placing the order by specifying an address where it should be sent. This will ensure that the SDS is mailed and received by the person using the hazardous product.

  • Safety Drench Equipment must be flushed on a regular schedule, and a log must be maintained. The shower must be flushed once a month for a minimum of one to two minutes or until the water runs clear. The eyewash must be flushed every week for a minimum of three minutes or until the water runs clear. A document must be posted near the safety drench equipment that includes the item flushed (shower or eyewash), the date of the flush, and the initials of the employee that performed the flush. If the flushing log is not kept with the safety drench equipment, but is kept elsewhere, a sign must be posted stating the location where this log is kept. Proper flushing is necessary to assure that it is operational in the event of an emergency and to remove any contaminants from the lines. Microbial growth can develop in stagnant water lines, which can cause further eye injury. The safety drench equipment is required to be posted and access must not be obstructed at any time. Make sure to request immediate repair of any malfunctioning safety drench equipment.

  • All hazardous products must be properly labeled. Labels must be replaced immediately whenever they begin to fade, peel, or otherwise become illegible. The labels must provide the following information: full chemical name that coincides with the name listed on the SDS and the Inventory Form, associated hazards, name and address of the product manufacturer. All hazardous products must be marked with the date that it was received. In addition, when an employee transfers a product from the original container to a secondary container that the person must include his/her initials, the date of the transfer, the chemical name, hazards associated with the chemical, and the name, address, and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer. If the product is to be used by the person making the transfer, and the product will be completely used up by this person before he/she loses sight of the container, then labeling is not necessary.

  • It may be necessary to occasionally review proper use, storage, and maintenance of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) with employees. For example, gloves must be selected based on the product being used. Safety glasses should be stored in a box or zip loc bag, not left unprotected. It is also suggested that earplugs and dust masks be stored in a protective bag or box.

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