In accordance with Michigan's Hazard Communication Standard, the University
has established a written hazard communication program to ensure that employees
with exposure or potential exposure to hazardous chemicals are provided with appropriate
health and safety information. The written hazard communication program applies
to all areas where employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals during their work
or in a foreseeable emergency.
Supervisors or managers of storage areas where the containers remain sealed
are responsible only for maintaining and making available the material safety
data sheets for the hazardous chemicals stored, not removing or defacing the container
labels, and for the information and training requirements of this program to the
extent necessary to protect employees in the event of a spill or leak.
Laboratories covered under a written chemical hygiene plan need only comply
with the requirements for maintaining container labels, the requirements for providing
labels and material safety data sheets when transporting or shipping hazardous
chemicals outside the laboratory, and the requirement to maintain material safety
data sheets that are received with shipments of hazardous chemicals.
For the purposes of this program, the term "hazardous chemical" shall
mean any chemical that is a physical or health hazard as defined in the standard,
including mixtures and gases.