The purpose of the DartHCP is to reduce and control the risks associated with the use of potentially hazardous chemicals to Dartmouth employees, the community, and the environment.
This guide must be readily available in all areas where potentially hazardous chemicals are used or stored. Additional copies are available upon request to EHS. Prepared in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.1200.
Introduction: The use of potentially hazardous chemicals is necessary in operating and maintaining an educational and research institution. Recognizing that the use of potentially hazardous chemicals poses risks to people and the environment, Dartmouth College is committed to responsibly purchasing, storing, using, and disposing all chemicals. To achieve this goal, the Dartmouth College Hazard Communication Program (DartHCP) provides a framework and set of guiding principles on chemical safety at Dartmouth College.
The DartHCP complies with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
Purpose: The purpose of the DartHCP is to reduce and control the risks associated with the use of potentially hazardous chemicals to Dartmouth employees, the community, and the environment. This written program outlines the information, services, and training available at Dartmouth College on the safe use, handling, storage, and disposal of potentially hazardous chemicals.
Scope: This program applies to all College employees, facilities, and properties. In addition, it applies to all contract personnel working on behalf of the College.
Responsibilities of the Non-Laboratory Supervisor
Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator (PI) or Laboratory Supervisor
Responsibilities of Each Employee
Responsibilities of Contractors and Project Managers
Responsibilities of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Dartmouth College Hazard Communication Program (DartHCP) Components:
The DartHCP consists of three key components:
Identification of Hazardous Chemicals:
An inventory of chemicals must be prepared and maintained. This is done by using existing purchasing information, supplemented by an audit of products in use. Supervisors must inform employees of this inventory and its location.
From the chemical inventory, potentially hazardous chemicals must be identified. SDS's must be obtained for each hazardous chemical. Attention must be given to the following considerations:
Hazards associated with non-routine tasks must also be identified by supervisors and communicated to employees.
Hazard Information at the Work Site:
Safety Data Sheets
Like labels, the Hazard Communication Standard requires that an SDS be developed for all potentially hazardous chemicals by the manufacturer or distributer. Unlike a label, SDS's contain more detailed information. An SDS is a 16-section document that provides information to workers on safe handling of a chemical. Sections 1-8 contain general information about the chemical, identification, hazards, composition, safe handling practices, and emergency control measures (e.g., firefighting). Sections 9-11 and 16 provide other technical and scientific information, such as physical and chemical properties, stability, reactivity, toxicological information, and exposure control. Sections 12-15 contain ecological, transportation, and other regulatory information as well as disposal considerations. SDS's must be available to employees who work with or may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals. SDS's should be obtained upon receipt of a chemical, or immediately thereafter, and prior to use.
At Dartmouth, SDS's are readily available in one of two ways. First, the college maintains a computer accessible system available through the EHS web site:
https://dartmouth.bioraft.com/raft/research_tools/SDS. This system is primarily intended for chemicals found in teaching and research areas.
In departments that do not have access to the online SDS system or where proprietary products are used (i.e., custodial and maintenance), all SDS's are to be kept in a labeled binder at the work site or in a centrally accessible location.
Employee Training and Information:
All employees working with potentially hazardous chemicals must receive training and information on the provisions of the DartHCP relevant to their work. The training provided must be specific to the work to be done, yet sufficiently broad to enable the individual to apply their knowledge in similar situations.
Environmental Health and Safety has developed a web-based "General Safety" training module that provides an overview of this policy and the essential concepts in hazard communication. Additionally, EHS provides a variety of regulatory training that encompasses hazard communication as part of the curriculum. EHS is available to provide specialized or unique training as needs are identified.
In addition to the training provided by EHS, the supervisor or qualified designee must provide instruction and information specific to the employee's responsibilities and assigned tasks before they begin working with potentially hazardous chemicals. The information provided to the employee must be specific, based on established SOP's, and appropriate for the needs of the individual(s). As new chemicals are introduced into the workplace, or potential hazards change, the supervisor is responsible for ensuring that existing information and training be updated to reflect these changes. Training must be recorded on the Training Record Form, which follows this document.
The DartHCP is made available to all affected employees and contractors in a site-specific SDS binder, by request from EHS, and online at https://www.dartmouth.edu/~ehs/docs/hazcom2019.pdf
This program will undergo an audit and periodic update.
1 See page 11 for pictogram chart