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“health hazard” includes chemicals which are carcinogens, toxic or highly toxic agents, reproduction toxins,
irritants, corrosives, sensitizers, hepatotoxins, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, agents which act on the
hematopoietic system, and agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.
"Identity" means a chemical or common name, or alphabetical or numerical identification, that is indicated on
the safety data sheet (SDS) for the chemical. The identity used must permit cross-references to be made
among the workplace chemical list, the label, and the SDS.
"Label" means any written, printed, or graphic material displayed on or affixed to a container of hazardous
chemicals, and which includes the same name as on the safety data sheet.
“Laboratory” means any facility where relatively small quantities of hazardous chemicals are used on a nonproduction level.
"Safety Data Sheet" ("SDS") means a document containing chemical hazard and safe handling information that
is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the OSHA standard for that document. 29 CFR Section
1910.1200. A current SDS is one which contains the most recent significant hazard information for the
hazardous chemicals as determined by the chemical’s manufacturer. An appropriate SDS is on which
conforms to the most current requirements set by OSHA standards.
"MSHA standard" means the Hazard Communication Standard issued by the Mining Safety and Health
"OSHA standard" means the Hazard Communication Standard issued by the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration and codified as 29 CFR Section 1910.1200.
"Physical hazard" means a chemical for which there is scientifically valid evidence that it is a combustible
liquid, a compressed gas, explosive, flammable, an organic peroxide, an oxidizer, pyrophoric, unstable
(reactive), or water-reactive in terms defined in the OSHA standard.
“Personal Protective Equipment” Protective equipment provided to an employee by the employer which
provides a level of protection to chemicals to which the employee may be exposed that will be adequate to
ensure their health and safety based on current industry standards. In determining the selection of PPE, the
employer shall consider all routes of entry, permeability of PPE materials, the duties being performed by the
employee, the hazardous chemicals present, and such other factors as may affect the performance of the
equipment. The employer must ensure that provided equipment fits the individual employee and is functional
for its intended use as described by the manufacturer’s specifications.
“Stationary Process Container” A tank, vat or other such container which holds different hazardous chemicals at
different times.
“Technically Qualified Individual” means an individual with a professional education and background working
in the research or medical fields, such as a physician or registered nurse, or an individual holding a minimum
of a bachelor’s degree in a physical or natural science.
"Temporary workplace" means a stationary workplace that is staffed less than 20 hours a week. A temporary
workplace may be considered to be a work area of the headquarters workplace from which employees are
routinely dispatched. Temporary workplaces may include pumping stations, emergency response sites, and
similar workplaces.
"Work area" means a room, a defined space, a utility structure, or an emergency response site in a workplace
where hazardous chemicals are present, produced, or used and where employees are present.
"Workplace" means a contiguous facility that is staffed 20 hours or more per week, unless such a facility is
subdivided by the employer. Normally this subdivision would be a building, cluster of buildings or other
structures, or a complex of buildings, but could be for a portion of a building if the employer chooses.
Noncontiguous properties are always separate workplaces unless they are temporary workplaces, in which case
they can be either work areas of a headquarters’ workplace or separate workplaces, which is at the discretion
of the employer.
"Workplace chemical list" means a list of hazardous chemicals developed under Section 502.005(a).
“Written Hazard Communication Program” is a document which describes an employer’s program for
compliance with those requirements of the Act imposed on the employer.