2. INVENTORY OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL PRODUCTS
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Identification of hazardous substances regulated by OSHA's standard
is the first step in the University's compliance program. Upon identification
of hazardous substances in the workplace, the Tennessee Act requires the
establishment and maintenance of a hazardous substance inventory for each
work area in which hazardous substances are used or stored.
Any substance which is capable of producing adverse effects on the health
and safety of human beings is considered to be a hazardous substance and
shall be listed on the
2.1 Chemical Products Used
Substances used, but not produced, by The University of the South are to
be listed if:
they appear on any one of the four OSHA base lists, or
their manufacturer has included health or safety warnings on their labels.
The four base lists cited by OSHA for hazardous substances are:
1. Toxic and Hazardous Substances, 29 CFR 1910, Subpart Z, OSHA;
2. the latest edition of Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances
and Physical Agents in the Work Environment, published by the American Conference
of Governmental Industrial Hygienists;
3. the latest Annual Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology
Program of the U.S. Public Health Service; and,
4. the latest editions of Monographs published by the International Agency
for Research on Cancer.
It is the responsibility of department chairs, program directors and work
force supervisors (hereafter referred to as supervisory personnel) to ensure
that all materials believed to contain hazardous substances, in facilities
under their supervision, be inventoried by work location and that copies
of the inventory be posted in the work location, and sent to the Environmental
Health and Safety office. It is the responsibility of each department using
the procedure outlined above, to determine which substances are hazardous.
Final inventories shall be sent by the department safety coordinator to
the EHS office, to all work locations using or storing hazardous substances,
The hazardous substance inventories shall be updated at least annually by
the department chairs and/or thier safety coordinator. Additions, deletions
and corrections to the inventory shall be listed. The updated inventories
are to be submitted to the EHS office by the date indicated.
2.2 Chemicals Produced
Various academic laboratories may produce small quantities of chemicals
for research purposes. These are not produced for re-sale, and as such,
The University of the South is not considered a "chemical manufacturer,"
as defined by the Standard.