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XIII. Control of Hazardous Materials

While control of hazardous materials, per se, is not monitored by nor a responsibility if the Office of Risk Management, it is considered part of Nicholls’ Loss Prevention Program and has been included in the General Safety Plan. The Louisiana Emergency Response Commission, appointed by the Governor, within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections is responsible for implementing Louisiana’s Right-to-Know laws. Hazardous materials used and stored at Nicholls State University are normally below the reportable quantities as prescribed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, however, in keeping with the intent of Right-to-Know legislation, Nicholls has established Hazardous Communication Programs (per 29 CFR – Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200), and OSHA’s Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450 – Chemical Hygiene Plan). These programs are implemented to provide appropriate knowledge to students, faculty, staff, visitors and all other employees of the proper safety practices when working in areas where exposure to hazardous chemicals is a safety consideration. Details of these programs are available from the University Safety Officer and workplaces where hazardous chemicals are handled, stored and used.

Management Instructions
Subject:

Control of Hazardous Materials
Purpose:
To establish a program for controlling all hazardous materials used by or housed in any facility of Nicholls State University.
Scope and Applicability:
This issuance applies to all employees and operating units of Nicholls State University.
Policy:
a.  All employees responsible for hazardous materials at Nicholls will rigorously enforce safety regulations governing the handling and storage of this material.
b.  Up-to-date inventories of hazardous materials on campus will be maintained. Safety inspections will be conducted monthly to ensure compliance with safety regulations for these hazardous materials.

Background:
Nicholls State University’s hazardous materials management program is a component of the General Safety Program. It is designed to achieve closer control over all hazardous materials used and stored on Nicholls’ facilities. The objective of the hazardous material inventory is to accumulate information on all hazardous materials on campus and to ensure proper safety regulations and MSDS information is available to all employees and students using them. Because of the volatile and dangerous nature of chemical fires, a record of the location and amount of every hazardous substance at Nicholls State University must be available to the fire department. This reason underscores the importance of maintaining up to date data on the types, amounts and locations of all hazardous materials on campus.

Responsibilities:
1. The supervisor of each operating unit will:

  • Make an exhaustive search of his area to ensure all hazardous materials are reported. If any unidentified substance or material is discovered during this inventory, the University Safety Officer should be contacted for assistance in identifying the material for handling and disposition instructions.
  • Ensure all hazardous materials are properly labeled.
  • Inventory and maintain an up-to-date list of all hazardous materials in his area of responsibility.
  • Identification of the types and amounts of hazardous materials on hand is required for the intended purpose and operation.
  • Provide safety instructions to employees and students covering proper handling, health considerations, storage, emergency response and disposition of hazardous materials.
  • Ensure appropriate MSDS information is readily available to personnel in the area where hazardous material is used or stored.

2. Chairmen of Safety Committees in areas where hazardous materials are managed will:

  • Maintain a complete list of all hazardous materials currently used or stored by location.
  • Provide, as required, safety instructions and procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous materials.
  • Provide MSDS information, as required, for hazardous materials used or stored in their area.
  • Conduct unscheduled inspections to ensure hazardous materials are used and stored in accordance with prescribed safety regulations.

3. University Safety Officer will:

  • Maintain a complete listing of all hazardous materials on campus by location.
  • Provide overall direction to the Campus Safety Committees in administering the Hazardous Materials Management Program at Nicholls State University.
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