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					Many ASU employees participate in Hazard Communication (Right to Know), Laboratory Safety,
Bloodborne Pathogen and Biosafety Training. The training is provided to employees to enable them to
identify potential hazards to their health and safety. If you work with, or even near, potentially hazardous
materials but do not work in a laboratory and have not participated in Hazard Communication Training,
please see http://uabf.asu.edu/ehs_training and enroll in a Hazard Communication Training Class.

Those who work with human blood products, such as in a clinical setting, or who are reasonably
anticipated to come into contact with human blood or other potentially infectious materials during the
performance of their primary duties, should attend Bloodborne Pathogens training. Those who work with
known infectious agents or in research laboratories are required to take the Biosafety Training course.
This course satisfies the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training requirement as well as the Biosafety
requirement. For more information please see http://uabf.asu.edu/biosafety_program. To sign-up for this
training, email biosafety@asu.edu.

Note: All Facilities Management and Arts Department employees have a Hazard Communication
Program and awareness training addressing Bloodborne Pathogens set up for them that is specific to their
department and is scheduled directly through those department administrators.

The training addressed how to mitigate potential hazards and the written programs describing general
procedures and work practices. These programs include Hazard Communication available at
http://www.asu.edu/uagc/EHS/documents/asu_hazard_communication_plan.pdf , Bloodborne Pathogen
Exposure Control available at http://www.asu.edu/uagc/EHS/documents/bloodborne_pathogens_plan.pdf ,
Chemical Hygiene Plan available at http://www.asu.edu/uagc/EHS/documents/asu_chp.pdf and a
Biosafety Manual available at http://www.asu.edu/uagc/EHS/documents/biosafetymanual.pdf .

These programs require that a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is available for each hazardous
material used. MSDS contains important safety information and assists employees in determining how to
protect themselves from potential hazards. MSDSs are kept in binders or in electronic format in each
department and are available for your use. If you cannot locate the MSDS binder or the MSDS for a
product you are using, notify your supervisor. You may also search for MSDS on the internet using your
web browser. Many manufacturers post their MSDS on their websites. If you have trouble locating an
MSDS, please contact the product manufacturer to request a copy. If a manufacturer will not provide a
copy or you cannot locate the information to contact the manufacturer please notify EH&S.

ASU’s Hazard Communication Program, Chemical Hygiene Plan and Department specific safety rules
also require that chemical containers be labeled and closed when not in use. It is very important to keep
chemical containers closed when not in use as an open container presents potential safety hazards and air
pollution through evaporation into the air.

Always recap a chemical container after each use and return it to its designated storage location to
minimize the risk of spills and evaporation. This is not only a safety requirement and necessary to
keep from exposing yourself and others to chemical vapors unnecessarily. It is also required to
prevent air pollution. If in doubt about when or how to close chemical containers after use please
see your supervisor.
Ensure that the manufacturer’s original container label remains intact. If the label becomes illegible or the
chemical is transferred to another container, follow the labeling instructions provided in your Hazard
Communication Training and available in the Hazard Communication Program.

All chemical purchases must go through the Sunrise system. This is being done in order that Purchasing
can provide EH&S with an accurate accounting of chemical purchases which assists with monitoring
compliance with the recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations that monitor chemicals
of interest (COI). The Sunrise system will not manage the chemical inventories required for laboratory
registration. All laboratories must submit a complete inventory of chemicals used as identified in the
Chemical Hygiene Plan on an annual basis. This is not the same inventory submitted in March 2008 to
identify any COI under DHS regulations. Labs that have registered with EH&S and have submitted an
inventory need only to update what they have submitted on an annual basis. Reminders will be sent to
labs that are registered to provide the update. If you are involved in a laboratory that is not registered or
has not updated their registration in last year, please contact Terisa Baker at Terisa.Baker@asu.edu or
(480) 965-1823.

Chemicals purchased by a contractor under a purchase order for use at ASU do not have to use the Sunrise
system but EH&S does need to be aware of the chemical type and storage quantities. If you have
contracts with vendors who purchase chemicals that are used and stored at ASU, please contact EH&S at
EHS@asu.edu or (480) 965-1823.

Access to Medical Records Chemical Exposure Records

Just as information is available to you related to potentially hazardous materials you may use, any medical
or exposure monitoring that has been conducted on your behalf is available to you. This includes any
medical examination you participated in related to your work and any Industrial Hygiene Monitoring
Data. Industrial Hygiene Monitoring Data is information related to chemical or physical agents you may
have been potentially exposed to during the course of your work such as formaldehyde or noise. Any
analysis of this data is also available. This information may be requested through your Supervisor and
EH&S.

These records are located at either the EH&S Department, Campus Health Service or your Human
Resources Department. The individual responsible for ensuring access to these records is the EH&S
Industrial Hygiene Manager. A copy of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29
CFR 1910.1020 standard “Access to employee exposure and medical records” describing your right to
access these types of records is available on OSHA’s website at
http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10027 or by
contacting the EH&S office at EHS@asu.edu.

Questions about these records should be forwarded to Michael Ochs at 5-1823 or at EHS@asu.edu .

				
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