OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to train their employees to recognize chemical hazards - using the information provided on product labels and in safety data sheets - and to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has developed a written Hazard Communication program for Portland State University (PSU), and provides training to employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals on the job. Typically this includes employees in maintenance-related fields. Office workers and others who may use small amounts of consumer products at work (such as window cleaner or correction fluid) are not covered under Hazard Communication.
Employees who work in laboratories are covered under OSHA's laboratory standard; visit the Chemical Hygiene Plan for more information.
If any PSU department or employee requires assistance with, or is unfamiliar with chemical hazards in the workplace, Contact EHS. We provide training, assessment, and assistance with department-specific Hazard Communication forms.