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Part IV: General Rules
Chemical Storage and Handling

OSHA citation 1910.101-120

  1. Read the product label and MSDS. (See Hazard communication of this manual.)
  2. Always store chemicals on shelves, but do not store hazardous chemicals above waist level.
  3. Dispose of chemicals and solvents properly, following the MSDS and procedures and directives from Environmental Health and Safety Regulatory Guide (PDF).
  4. 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.
  5. Do not substitute chemicals. Many are made only for specific jobs, and you could create an extremely hazardous situation.
  6. 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.
  7. All pesticides and herbicides must be applied by properly trained employees under the supervision of a state certified pest control applicator.
  8. 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.
  9. Know where deluge showers and eyewash fountains are located. Keep pathways to these devices free of all obstacles.
  10. All hazardous materials should be stored and used in an appropriate area. Clean up all spills immediately.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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