Environmental Health & Safety
La Sierra University is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees. The La Sierra University Hazard Communication Program has been established to improve communication and training associated with hazardous substances. The program is designed to maintain a healthy work environment by increasing employee awareness of hazardous substances used in the workplace. These substances include, but are not limited to, chemicals, paints, inks, glues, cleaning agents, and compressed gases.
Employees who use or may be exposed to potentially hazardous substances or harmful physical agents shall be informed about the hazards of those substances or physical agents and shall be trained in the precautions to take to prevent exposure and what to do if they are accidentally exposed. No employee shall engage in or be required to perform any task, which is determined to be unsafe or reasonably hazardous.
Hazard Communication Program (PDF)
Department Chairs and Directors are responsible for providing the resources to effectively implement this program throughout their department(s), and for establishing systems to ensure departmental compliance.
Hazardous Waste Management
1. Determine if you can neutralize, detoxify or recycle the chemicals yourself. If you can, there is no need to fill out the Hazardous Waste Removal Request form. Refer to the Laboratory Safety Manual for guidelines.
2. Separate solids from liquids.
3. Containerize it. Containers shall be compatible with the chemical(s), shall be sturdy, leakproof, have a tight cap/lid/seal, and clean on the outside. Unless other arrangements have been made, all containers must be 5-gal. or less in volume. Milk jugs or other food containers, thin trash bags, biohazard bags, radioactive bags, 5-gal. thin-walled metal solvent cans, 5-gal. glass carboys are NOT to be used.
4. Label the containers with label HM-95-2. (Available from Physical Plant.)
- a. List ALL the chemical constituents with approximate percentages. Heavy metals should be listed in mg/1 or ppm if under 0.1%.
b. Do not use abbreviations or chemical symbols. Use common or IUPAC chemical names.
c. If applicable, list trade name AND chemical constituents. Please include a copy of the MSDS.
d. For pesticides, list the common name and the chemical name.
e. Physical Plant or Hazmat Waste Vendor will NOT pick up unidentified chemicals, [i.e. "unknowns."]
f. Number each container. [i.e., Department is Chemistry, date is Jan 1, 2010, container number is one.]
5. Fill out the Hazardous Waste Removal Request form. You may scan, fax, email or deliver completed form to LSU Risk Management Office.
FILLING OUT THE FORM1. Generator Information. The responsible faculty/staff person is the person who is in charge of the laboratory/maintenance site. The contact person is the person whom LSU Risk Management would contact about the chemicals.2. Identification/Description of the Chemicals.
- a. List all components and their respective percentages. Do not use chemical symbols or abbreviations.
b. List physical state and pH, if applicable. (pH paper is adequate.)
c. List number and type of containers.
d. List volume (liquids) or weight.
e. List any hazards associated with this material, e.g., flammable, oxidizer, organic oxidizer, poison, corrosive, water-reactive, pyrophoric, mutagen/teratogen, carcinogen, shock-sensitive, etc.
OTHER INFORMATIONThe chemicals must be prepared for pickup BEFORE sending this form to LSU Risk Management. The request will be processed as it arrives. Chemicals that are improperly packaged, labeled, or identified WILL NOT be picked up. Pickup can be expected within two weeks of receipt by Risk Management. This form must be filled out as completely, specifically and legibly as possible (please print or type). Improperly, inadequately, or illegibly prepared forms will be returned for completion/clarification. If you have questions, a request of special urgency, or if Physical Plant has not picked up your chemicals within two weeks, PLEASE call 951-785-2102.
Inspection Forms for Departments
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Safety Data Sheet Employee Training (PPT)
Click here for the Safety Data Sheet Employee Training powerpoint.
Click here for a Safety Data Sheet sample.
SDS Labeling Fact Sheet
Click here for the SDS Labeling Fact Sheet.
Search Databases for SDS
Safety Data Sheets
Internet SDS Sites
http://ccinfoweb.ccohs.ca/msds/search.html - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - "SDS plus CHEMINFO Search"
http://siri.org/msds/index.php - The "national SDS site".
http://hazard.com - A mirror of the SIRI site.
http://msds.ehs.cornell.edu/msdssrch.asphttp://www.ilpi.com/msds/index.html - Where to find SDSs on the internet - from Interactive Learning Paradigms Incorporated. This is an excellent site that contains numerous links to other SDS sites, including a link to a glossary of terms used on MSDSs.
http://www.phys.ksu.edu/area/jrm/Safety/msds.html - The Kansas State University SDS site.
http://physchem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/ - The Oxford University SDS site.
http://www.vwrsp.com/catalog/ - VWR Scientific Products - The current Cornell "preferred vendor".
http://www.fishersci.com - Fisher Scientific.
http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/catalog/AdvancedSearchPage.do - Sigma-Aldrich.
http://www.msdssearch.com/msdssearch.htm - SDS Search - a national repository.
http://www.msdsprovider.com/ - SDS Provider - manufacturer-direct SDS's.
Other Chemical Hazard Information Sites
http://ccinfoweb.ccohs.ca/asp - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/emci/chemref/index.html - EPA Chemical Fact Sheets.
http://web.doh.state.nj.us/rtkhsfs/indexfs.aspx - New Jersey Chemical Fact Sheets.
http://ull.chemistry.uakron.edu/erd/ - Hazardous Chemical Database at the University of Akron.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/chemical-safety/ - National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH)
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/ - NIH, National Library of Medicine, TOXNET, a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaq.html - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) ToxfAQs
http://www.inchem.org - International Program on Chemical Safety - access to internationally peer reviewed information on chemicals commonly used throughout the world.