Middle Georgia State University's Hazard Communication (HazCom) / Right To Know (RTK) Plan exists to inform our employees of the potential hazards of the chemicals they work with and how to protect themselves against them.

Supervisors must work with the RTK coordinator to insure that their employees receive information and training on the hazardous chemicals present in the work area.

Training must include:

  • How to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical
  • The physical and health hazards of each chemical
  • How to protect themselves against these hazards
  • The details of the MGA's Right To Know Plan with emphasis on interpreting Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and chemical labels.

Employees should understand:

  • That they have a right to know about the potential hazards of the chemicals they work with.
  • That chemical labels, MSDS, and MGA's HazCom Plan give critical information about the hazards and how to guard against them.
  • That they must take MGA's HazCom seriously and that they must follow the college's rules for working with hazardous chemicals.

The HazCom Standard (HCS) sets guidelines and requirements in seven areas:

  1. A Written Implementation Plan [29 CFR 1910.1200 (e)] - This means we (The College, MGA) have to develop a written plan (This HazCom/RTK) that details how the requirements of HCS are fulfilled by us. This document can be obtained here at this website or through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
  2. Hazard Determination [29 CFR 1910.1200 (e)] - This says that MGA must identify and maintain an inventory of all hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. The supervisor of each said workplace must maintain a chemical list of all chemicals used in the workplace. There must be an MSDS on file for all chemicals in this list.
  3. Material Safety Data Sheets [29 CFR 1910.1200 (g)] - A MSDS is a document that gives detailed information about a material, including any hazards associated with it. MSDSs must be immediately available to all employees at any location where hazardous materials are used.
  4. Chemical Labeling [29 CFR 1910.1200 (f)] - This requires that all chemicals in the workplace have a label. The label must include the name of the chemical and warnings about any hazards that may be present. This may be implemented under any of these three identification systems: NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), HMIG (Hazardous Materials Identification Guide), and the HMIS (Hazardous Materials Information System).
  5. Employee Training [29 CFR 1z910.1200 (h)] - This requires MGA to provide its employees training covering the handling of hazardous materials, the use and interpretation of both MSDSs and HazCom labels, and information about the HCS.
  6. Trade Secrets [29 CFR 1910.1200 (i)] - This declares what manufacturers can withhold about a material and the conditions under which it can be divulged to health care providers.
  7. Contractor Requirements [CFR 1910.1200 (e)(2)] - This includes procedures for informing on-site contractors of hazardous substances in the workplace to which their employees may be exposed. The contractor is also to present the department supervisor and RTK Coordinator with a list of hazardous chemicals that they will be bringing onto any of the MGA campuses.

This plan was developed for Middle Georgia State University in order to comply with Federal Code-29 CFR 1910.1200 (Hazard Communication Plan), Georgia Public Employees Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988 as amended, Georgia Department of Labor Chapter 300-3-19 Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right To Know Rules, and the University System of Georgia Hazardous Chemical Protection Communication (Right to Know) Plan.


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