The Texas Hazard Communication Standard is based upon the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard. It covers workers engaged in teaching or research in educational institutions. The standard addresses hazard determination in the workplace; container labeling; access to material safety data sheets; employee training and written compliance.
All employees, including student workers, are covered by the standard. Students enrolled in classes or working without compensation in laboratories must have access to material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and safety training during the course of their lab preparation. Check the reference shelf outside of Heldenfels 310 for a set of Material Safety Data Sheets. In addition the presentation computer in each laboratory has saved web links to online Material Safety Data Sheets.
Employees must be trained on the chemical hazards they may encounter in the workplace. At a minimum, training should include interpreting labels and material safety data sheets; acute and chronic health effects of exposure; hazardous chemical locations; handling procedures; personal protective equipment; first aid treatment; and clean-up and disposal guidelines.