Hazard Communication Program

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The purpose of this program is to inform interested persons, including employees, that our organization is complying with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200, by compiling hazardous chemicals lists, using safety data sheets (SDS’s) and ensuring that containers are labeled or provide other forms of warning and training our employees.

This program applies to all work related operation of the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) where employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal working conditions or during an emergency situation.  Under this program, our employees will be informed about the content in the Hazard Communication Standard, the hazards of chemicals with which they work, safe handling procedures, and measures to take to protect themselves from these chemicals, among other training elements.

The School District’s Environmental & Conservation Services (ECS) has overall responsibility for the program, including reviewing and updating the program, as necessary.  Copies of this written program may be obtained online at palmbeachschools.org/ecs.  Moreover, all employees, or their designated representative, may obtain further information about the written program and the Hazard Communication Standard, from the District’s Environmental &Conservation Services (ECS) Department.

Finally, if after review of this program, you find that improvements can be made please contact ECS.  All suggestions are encouraged because the District is committed to the success and continual improvement of our written Hazard Communication Program.  We strive for clear understanding, safe behavior, and involvement in the program from every level of the organization.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Changes to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012) has resulted in Safety Data Sheets (SDS) relplacing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Districtwide SDS's can be found on MSDSonline which is a web-based computer program that provides employees direct 24/7 access to chemical information.

Chemical Inventory

All schools and ancillary facilities are responsible for submitting an inventory to ECS via anne.meador@palmbeachschools.org by 12/18/15.  The associated SDS's will then be organized by location on MSDSonline for districtwide access.  Inventories must contain:

  • Specific name of chemical.
  • The strength, percentage and molarity where applicable.
  • The manufacturer of each chemical (please be aware that you may have more than 1 manufacturer of the same chemical).
  • The location and room number where each chemical is stored.