University Human Resources
Part IV: General Rules
Chemical Storage and Handling
OSHA citation 1910.101-120
- Read the product label and MSDS. (See Hazard communication of this manual.)
- Always store chemicals on shelves, but do not store hazardous chemicals above waist level.
- Dispose of chemicals and solvents properly, following the MSDS and procedures and directives from Environmental Health and Safety Regulatory Guide (PDF).
- If you are unsure of how to use a product safely, ask your supervisor. Mix chemicals used in maintenance and custodial operations with care to avoid possible violent reactions. If you are unsure how to use a product, follow the directions on the product label and the MSDS and use only as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Do not substitute chemicals. Many are made only for specific jobs, and you could create an extremely hazardous situation.
- Do not smell chemicals as a means of identification. A deep breath of some chemical fumes will kill you. Always replace all bottle caps before the container leaves your hand.
- All pesticides and herbicides must be applied by properly trained employees under the supervision of a state certified pest control applicator.
- Before applying pesticides and herbicides, the supervisor shall give advance notice and post spraying dates. Take care to limit the exposure to people around the spraying area.
- Know where deluge showers and eyewash fountains are located. Keep pathways to these devices free of all obstacles.
- All hazardous materials should be stored and used in an appropriate area. Clean up all spills immediately.
- Wash all chemicals from your skin promptly with alkaline base soap (such as Ivory or castile) and water. Do not eat, smoke or use the restroom prior to wash-up. Shower as soon as possible at the end of your shift and when changing clothes.
- If symptoms of poisoning occur after exposure to any chemical, seek emergency treatment. Get to the hospital immediately and take the chemical label with you.
- Chemicals may have toxic effects when absorbed through the skin, inhaled or ingested. Use protective equipment and gloves as required or recommended on the label or MSDS.
- Do not enter a laboratory without specific authorization from appropriate personnel in that lab. Do not disturb anything in these areas, and obey all warning signs.
- If a container marked “Radioactive” is accidentally broken, do not attempt to clean it up. Call for assistance from the Radiation Safety Officer (5-3230) or call the Campus Police (9-1-1) on evenings or weekends.