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Hazard Communication

The use and storage of chemicals and other products may present a variety of hazards to University of Maryland employees. To protect University of Maryland faculty, staff, and employees from the dangers associated with chemical substances used during the course of their work, the University has developed a comprehensive Hazard Communication Standard.

It is essential that established procedures exist to ensure that employees are free from any hazardous exposures and to promote safe, efficient, and productive performance. The Hazard Communication Standard is designed to reduce the potential for occurrences of chemical-related occupational illnesses and injuries by:

  • Providing specific procedures to identify and evaluate the chemical hazards in the workplace
  • Train employees on the hazards of the chemicals with which they work
  • Ensuring that all individuals at risk are adequately informed about the chemicals used and stored in their work places.

This standard is also intended to fulfill the compliance requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), General Industry Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), and the Construction Industry Standard (29 CFR 1926.59).

Safety Data Sheets

Find an SDS for your Department from the University of Maryland MSDSOnline system and allows you to obtain SDSs from other resources.

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Discover who is responsible for Hazard Communication in your department and where copies of SDSs and label information may be found. 

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Sign up to attend Hazard Communication Training. All users of hazardous materials (other than laboratory chemicals) must attend this training once.

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