Chemicals may be solids, liquids, or gases and include acids, bases, solvents, oils, lubricants, oxidizers, polymers, resins, coatings, cleaners, paints, strippers, adhesives, mastics, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, compressed gases, etc. It is important for all Rutgers University employees to understand the hazards of the chemicals to which they may be exposed and to comply with the regulatory requirements of the NJ RTK program.
PRIOR TO BEGINNING YOUR WORK, READ THE MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS's)
All chemical containers must be labeled. If a manufacturer's label is removed or obscured, or if a chemical is transferred to another container, you must place the chemical name and its hazard on the container.
Ensure that chemicals are handled so as to prevent their release to the environment.
Make sure you have the necessary personal protective equipment and you have adequate ventilation for your work area. When using chemicals indoors, provide additional mechanical ventilation if harmful vapors, mists or dusts are generated or if strong odors will result from the work.
Report all chemical spills to REHS at 848-445-2550. You are responsible for immediate containment, clean up, and disposal of spilled material.
Store all chemicals in a clean, dry, well-ventilated area away from heat or direct sunlight. Store incompatible chemicals in separate storage areas. When storing flammables indoors, place them in flammable storage cabinets. Keep flammables away from any ignition sources. Do not store more chemicals than you expect to need for the job.
No chemical is to be disposed on Rutgers University property, including in the soil, water, drains, sinks, or sewers. Dispose of all chemicals through REHS.
All employees have a right to know the hazards of the chemicals present in areas in which you are working. To obtain MSDS's and other information, contact your supervisor or REHS. Always be aware and comply with all hazard warning signs and wear protective equipment required in any area you enter.
- Campus Health Safety Specialists, or call (732) 445 - 2550