Hazard Communication Program
The need for adequate labeling extends far beyond the immediate requirements
of the individual user, since the individual user may not be present in case of
fire or explosion when containers are broken or spilled. The individual user may
not be around years later when the containers have deteriorated or otherwise lost
their value. Therefore, do not use wax pencil markings, abbreviations, formulas
only, code names, or numbers. All labeling will be in conformance with Michigan
Right-to-Know legislation and the following:
- The immediate supervisor/faculty member for each work area or unit will be
responsible for ensuring that all containers received or shipped are properly
- Labels on incoming containers of hazardous chemicals may not be removed or
defaced unless the container is immediately marked with all of the required information.
- The labels on all containers will include:
- The identity of the hazardous chemical(s); and
- Appropriate hazard warnings or combination of words, pictures, and symbols
that provide at least general information regarding the hazards of the chemicals,
and which, in conjunction with the other information immediately available to
employees under the hazard communication program, will provide employees with
the specific information regarding the physical and health hazards.
The hazard warnings and information must also be in accordance with the labeling
requirements of any substance-specific standards applicable to the chemical.
- Supervisors and faculty members will be responsible for ensuring that all
portable containers used in their work areas are labeled with identity and hazard
warning unless the chemical is used by the person who made the transfer and is
present only during the shift the transfer was made.
- The faculty member supervising students or other employees who transport
or ship laboratory preparations outside the laboratory or University shall ensure
that the container is labeled in accordance with this document.
- Building utility pipes will be labeled with the common name of their contents,
for example, natural gas, steam, hot water, etc.