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The requirements of this program are based on the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 which has been revised to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. 

The Hazard Communication Program covers all University of Kentucky employees, students and non-employee affiliates who work with chemicals in non-laboratory settings. 

All covered individuals are expected to follow the requirements pertaining to Safety Data Sheet (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheet) review, training, labeling and safe chemical use as outlined in this program. 

This policy does not apply to research laboratories where small quantities of chemicals are used on a non-production basis. Chemical safety in labs is enforced through the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan. 

Hazard Communication Definitions specific to this program are supplied for reference.   

  • A written inventory of the hazardous chemicals known to be present in the workplace. 

  • The name and contact information of the designated responsible party for that department. 

  • The location and access information for the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each chemical containing product. 

  • The location of the department’s hazard communication training records.