Clarkson's Chemical Safety Program encompasses the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) and a variety of other OSHA and EPA requirements related to chemical safety and hazardous waste. The primary elements of our Chemical Safety Program include written policies and procedures, training, medical consultation, emergency response, periodic compliance inspections and a mandatory registration of highly hazardous chemicals.
Laboratory Decommissioning Procedure
If a Faculty member leaves the University or moves a research laboratory, the Laboratory Decommissiong Procedure should be followed. Please allow an adequate amount of time to complete the Lab Decommissioning Procedure. A lab cannot be moved in 24-hours.
Supporting documents to Laboratory Decommissioning Procedure:
- Laboratory Decommissioning Checklist
- Laboratory Equipment Relocation Form
- Graduate Student Laboratory Clearance Sign-Off
- Where to find MSDS:
- HazCom Training- The Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910-1200), also known as the “Right to Know Law,” provides to staff members the right to know about chemical hazards in their workplace. As part of this standard, new staff members from affected departments receive training immediately upon hire.
All laboratories that contain chemicals must maintain an inventory of the chemicals in the lab and submit an updated chemical inventory on an annual basis to the EHS Manager. Please refer to the Chemical Inventory Guidelines below on how to complete your chemical inventory using the Chemical Inventory Template.
Chemical Spill Response
Laboratories containing chemicals must have a small chemical spill kit in each laboratory for researchers to use. Below is an Inventory of materials that should be included in a Spill Kit. The inventory includes materials that should be in every spill kit as well as materials that should be included based on hazards in the laboratory. There are also procedures to assist researchers in cleaning chemical spills. These procedures should be printed and included with the laboratory spill kit.
Should chemical spills occur that are large or you are unable to handle, please call Campus Safety & Security (x6666) for assistance.
Transporting and Shipping Hazardous Materials
- Transport & Shipping of Hazardous Materials-Moving and shipping hazardous materials on campus.
Additional links - Toxicology info and MSDS collections on the web:
Environmental Health & Safety Manager
107 Graham Hall
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699