SUBJECT: Employee Hazard Communication

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

Various chemicals present potential hazards to the employees of the Colorado School of
Mines. Affected personnel have a need and a right to know about such work hazards
and how to protect themselves. This policy describes the elements of a Hazard
Communication Program intended to provide the information and training needed to
inform and protect employees of the School.

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POLICY

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes rules
for safety in the workplace. One of these rules is called the "Hazard Communication
Standard." This rule is more commonly known as "Employee Right-To-Know" because
the rule affirms that each employee has the right to know the hazardous properties of
chemicals in the workplace. In addition, employees must be given adequate training
concerning procedures for safely handling these chemicals. This policy is intended to
conform to the Federal Hazard Communication Standard.

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OPERATIONS

Employees of Mines have certain rights and responsibilities under this policy.
Employees have the right to be informed of the identity and hazards of the chemicals in
the workplace. Employees have the right to be trained regarding safe chemical handling
procedures. Employees have the right to be provided with protective equipment and to
receive training concerning the use of protective equipment. Employees have the
responsibility to know and conform to safe procedures that are established by their
supervisors. Compliance with safety rules is a condition of employment and negligence
or willful disregard of the supervisor's instructions is grounds for termination of
employment.

The School, through its supervisory personnel, also has rights and responsibilities. The
School has the right to require employees to conform to the prescribed safety
procedures related to chemical handling. The School has the responsibility to inform
employees of chemical hazards in the workplace and to train employees in safe work
practices.

Each department is required to adopt a written Hazard Communication Program which is
tailored to the needs of the individual department. This written program should be made
available to each employee and should cover, at a minimum, all of the topics addressed
in the Employee Hazard Communication Program.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) assists other departments in
the implementation and maintenance of their separate Hazard Communication
Programs. EHS Maintains a Hazard Communication Program template that may be

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modified for individual department needs. The EHS Department provides general
training sessions to complement the more specific instruction provided by other

departments. The EHS Department procures and maintains health and safety
information for the chemicals received for use at the School.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Environmental Health and Safety Department
Assists other departments in the implementation and maintenance of their
separate Hazard Communication Programs
Provides general training sessions to complement the more specific instruction
provided by other departments
Procures and maintains health and safety information for the chemicals
received for use at the Institution
Reviews, revises and maintains this Employee Hazard Communication
Program.

All Department Heads/Directors
Direct the Hazard Communication Program adopted by the particular
Department
Ensure that employees are informed of the hazards in the workplace
Facilitate conformance with prescribed safety procedures

All Employees
Perform work duties in accordance with the Departmental Hazard
Communication Program
Use established safe work practices
Utilize personal protective equipment as instructed

REFERENCES:

Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910.1200, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration Hazard Communication Standard.


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