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File: Safety & Health Policies
Chemical Safety Storage
To ensure chemicals are properly stored according to the associated hazards.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
vpfa, c, s, chemical, safety, storage
Scheduled for Review
I. Policy Statement
Laboratory Supervisors, Laboratory Coordinators and other personnel who work with chemicals are responsible for ensuring chemicals are properly stored according to their properties and associated hazards. Specific Safety Data Sheets must always be consulted when doubts arise concerning chemical properties and associated hazards. Appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn when handling hazardous chemicals. Personnel must be aware of the locations of the safety showers and emergency eyewash stations.
Chemical Safety Storage Priorities
Most chemicals have multiple hazards and a decision must be made as to which storage area would be most appropriate for each specific chemical. Chemical storage should be prioritized in the following order:
The following basic rules for hazardous chemical storage must be followed by all employees responsible for chemical storage:
II. Reason for Policy
Improper storage and handling of chemicals can cause serious physical injury, fire, and property damage.
For following the policy: All employees and students
For enforcement of the policy: Director of Environmental Health & Safety
For oversight of the policy: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President of Finance and Administration
For notification of policy: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing the policy: Academic Departments storing chemicals, Physical Plant Services
V. Cross-Referenced Policies
VI. Consequences of Non-Compliance
The Department Chair in consultation with the Dean will determine appropriate consequences for non-compliance according to the provisions in the Faculty Handbook, Part II, Section 17, "Dismissal and other Disciplinary Actions." Disciplinary action up to and including termination as described in the Classified Employees Handbook and Exempt Employees Handbook.