I. Hazard Communication Responsibilities
Clemson University’s Hazard Communication Program is overseen
by the University’s Chemical and Lab Safety Manager Naomi Kelly, who reports to
the Director of Research Safety.
are responsible for:
- Creating and maintaining an inventory of all
hazardous chemicals stored or used within their area of responsibility.
- Ensuring that all hazardous chemicals/products
are properly labeled, and that these labels are not removed or defaced.
- Maintaining copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
for each hazardous chemical in the workplace, and ensuring that the SDSs are
readily available to employees.
- Identifying employees under their supervision
who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or
in a foreseeable emergency based on hazard assessment.
- Informing employees of: Any operations in their
work area where hazardous chemicals are present; the location and availability
of the written Hazard Communication Plan; the chemical inventory; SDS; and the
requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard.
- Providing employees with training regarding
hazards or practices specific to their work area at the time of their
assignment and whenever a new hazard is introduced into their work area.
Training records should be maintained through the online database or kept with
- Determine the required personal protective
equipment (PPE) for the procedures and materials in use in their area. Contact
Research Safety personnel for assistance in the selection of PPE.
- Ensure the proper PPE is made available to
- Ensure the employees are trained in the use of
PPE, the PPE is properly maintained, and the employees wear the appropriate PPE
- Develop safe procedures for work in their areas,
as well as written procedures for emergencies.
- Inform outside contractors of chemical (or
other) hazards that they may be exposed to while working at Clemson University.
Inform them of the location of the SDSs.
- Inform employees about proper performance of
- Planning and conducting each operation according
to the Hazard Communication Program.
- Using the required personal protective
equipment. Properly maintaining and storing the PPE assigned to him/her.
- Reporting any exposures, injuries, or safety
problems to his or her supervisor.
- Reviewing SDSs prior to using a chemical for the
first time, then reviewing periodically thereafter as necessary.
- Not removing or defacing labels on incoming
- Attend required Hazard Communication training.
- Providing supervisor with records or any
training taken online.
Chemical/Lab Safety Manager is responsible for:
- Development of the written Hazard Communication
- Develop a Hazard Communication training program.
- Providing technical support to the departments
covered by the Hazard Communication Program.
- Conduct periodic safety reviews.
- Provide technical assistance in the selection of
personal protective equipment.
- Review Hazard Communication Program at least
annually, and make necessary changes.
Supervisors are responsible for:
- Ensuring that SDSs are available and readily
accessible for all hazardous chemicals in their work area.
- Ensuring that employees have received all
information and training requirements outlined in Section V of this Plan.
Online and classroom training provided by The Office of Research Safety covers
only #’s 1, 7, and 8 of Section V. All other training requirements must be
provided by the supervisor or designated training coordinator.
- Maintaining training records for their
employees. These records must include: date, location, facilitator, list of
attendees and description or outline of the material covered in the training
session. These records must be retained
indefinitely and must be readily available to regulatory or ORS inspectors upon
Developing and implementing their own Hazard Communication
Program and informing Clemson University personnel of any chemical hazards they
bring with them. They must also ensure the proper handling, use, and storage of
these chemicals and provide access to SDSs for them. Outside contractors must
provide University project managers and the Office of Research Safety with
information concerning hazardous materials to be brought into any Clemson
facility to perform contracted work before the materials are brought onto
campus. Attachment F should be
filled out by the contractor and copies sent to the University’s contracting
official(s) (project managers, Department heads, etc.) and the Office of