4.02(o) – Hazardous Materials

  1. General:

    Ozarks Technical Community College is committed to providing its students and employees a safe and healthy learning and work environment. The College shall adhere to applicable environmental and hazardous materials statutes and regulations.

  2. Hazardous Chemicals:

    Entities that utilize laboratory hazardous chemicals must initiate a written plan outlining protective practices that address the usage of chemicals in the educational or work environment. See Federal Regulation 29 CFR 1910.1450, adopted by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Standards.


    1. Develop and implement a plan to be known as a Chemical Hygiene Plan. This plan is to identify the procedures, equipment, and work practices which will protect students and employees from chemical exposures.

    2. Assignment of overall responsibility for the establishment and administration of the process shall be to the Safety and Security office. The Dean of each affected department is to be responsible for the training of appropriate College personnel to coordinate and implement the plan. All personnel involved with hazardous materials shall be accountable and supportive of the plan.

    3. Training of faculty, staff, and students shall be accomplished through a consistently applied program. All students and staff are to follow the prescribed procedures.

    4. Maintenance of potential chemical exposures shall be below the OSHA permissible exposure levels (PEL), or as low as reasonably achievable.

    5. Procedures shall be established which provide for the establishment of protocols that cover adequate ventilation, disposal, minimal inventories with product data sheets, periodic inspections, and procurement, housekeeping, and storage processes. Safety signage is to be posted throughout all hazardous areas, and medical assistance providers are to be identified.