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Chemical Spills

  • The college has hazardous spill kits that will contain small spills (1500 ml or less) involving hazardous liquids/chemicals. Each kit contains directions, absorbent pillows, safety glasses, gloves and disposal bags.
  • There are kits located in the areas of concern. Kits are also available in the Plant Services Department x5560.
  • For large spills involving hazardous chemicals/products, contact the Plant Services Department and/or fire department immediately. Notify the Plant Services Department anytime these kits are used so the chemicals are disposed of properly and used kits are replaced.
  • If there are any questions about chemical spills, contact the Plant Services Department x5560.

Laboratory Safety

  • Laboratory cleanups should be performed by individuals who have had experience. Others may assist in sorting, packing, and labeling under the direction of a technically qualified person. References and guidelines are the Department of Ecology's "GUIDELINES FOR PACKAGING LABORATORY CHEMICALS FOR DISPOSAL UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS." Copies are available in the F. V. Miner Resource Center/Library and in the Plant Services Department.
  • Because of liability questions, students should not be involved in any activities involving cleanup.

Disposal of Hypodermic Syringes and Needles

  • When working with or around blood of body fluids, you should always assume that it is contaminated and potentially harmful to your health.
  • Employees working in laboratories, clinics or any place where there is a possibility of coming into contact with blood or body fluids should:
    • Wash hands before and after.
    • Wear disposable latex gloves.
    • Discard needles and lancets in puncture resistant, waterproof containers.
    • All contaminated materials removed from the area must be in an impervious container labeled biohazard.
    • Contact the Plant Services Department x5560 for removal and proper disposal of the contaminated material.
    • Clothing that becomes contaminated should be laundered in a chlorine bleach solution.
    • For cleaning surfaces, always wear disposable gloves, using a chlorine bleach solution.
  • If a spill of blood or body fluids does occur, contact the Plant Services Department x5560. They have clean-up kits to safely remove these contaminates.

Workers Right to Know - Hazard Communication

The following written hazard communication program has been established for Clover Park Technical College (WAC 296-62-054) to provide information to employees about hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This program is broken down into the following sections: (1) Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS); (2) Container labeling; (3) Employee training and information; (4) List of hazardous chemicals; (5) Hazardous non-routine tasks; and (6) informing contractors.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

  • Material Safety Data Sheets will be filed, maintained, and accessible at each department where hazardous chemicals are stored and/or being used. The Plant Services Department will maintain a master MSDS file of the same chemicals in the Office of the Director of Plant Services.
  • Purchasing Agents or the ordering party will request on the purchase order or during the purchasing transaction of any hazardous chemicals that a MSDS be included in the shipment. Upon receipt, the warehouse or the recipient will include a copy of the MSDS with the chemical and send a copy to the Director of Plant Services for the master file.
  • Any hazardous chemical received at the warehouse or by a department without a MSDS will not be distributed for use until the MSDS is attained. The recipient will request, in writing, a MSDS from the supplier. Upon written request, the supplier of the product must send the MSDS within 30 days to the purchaser or the purchase will contact the Department of Labor and Industries for assistance in accordance with WAC 296-62-05413(11).
  • Material Safety Data Sheets will be available for review by all employees during each work shift. If MSDS is not available for a chemical in use, the chemical will be removed from use and the Plant Services Department will be contacted immediately for location of the MSDS or removal of the chemical.

Container Labeling

All college supervisors, directors, and instructors who use hazardous chemicals will verify all containers received for use by their area or department. The hazardous chemicals must:

  • Be clearly labeled as to the contents.
  • Note the appropriate hazard warnings.
  • List the name and address of the manufacturer.
  • Have MSDS on file.
  • The college's Shipping and Receiving Department will ensure all containers received are properly labeled. No containers will be released for use until the above data is verified.
  • All college supervisors, division chairpersons and instructors will ensure all secondary containers are labeled with either an extra copy of the original manufacturer's label or with generic labels which have a block for identification and blocks for the hazard warning. For assistance with the labeling contact the Plant Services Department.
  • Supervisors will review the labeling system for their department annually and update as required.

Employee Training and Information

  • An employee or student's supervisor or instructor is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the employee training and information program.
  • Prior to starting work, each new employee who may come in contact with hazardous chemicals will attend a health and safety orientation.
  • All employees will receive information and training on the following:
    • An overview of the requirements contained in the Hazard Communication Standard, WISHA WAC 296-62-054.
    • Chemicals present in the workplace.
    • Location and availability of the written hazard program.
    • Physical and health effects of the hazardous chemicals.
    • Methods and observation techniques used to determine the presence or release of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
    • How to lessen or prevent exposure to these hazardous chemicals through usage of control/work practices and personal protective equipment.
    • Emergency procedures to follow if they are exposed to these chemicals.
    • How to read labels and review MSDS's to obtain appropriate hazard information.
    • Location of the MSDS file and location of the hazardous chemical list.
  • After attending the training, each employee will sign a form to verify they attended the training, received written materials and understood the college's policies on hazard communication.
  • Prior to a new chemical hazard being introduced into any department of the college, each employee of that department will be given information as outlined above. The employee's supervisor is responsible for ensuring that MSDS's on the new chemical(s) are available.

List of Hazardous Chemicals

A list of all known hazardous chemicals used by employees of Clover Park Technical College is located in the area where the chemical is present and the master copy is in the Plant Services Department. Further information on each noted chemical can be obtained by reviewing the MSDS located in the area where the chemical is present and the master copy in the Plant Services Department and in the supervisor’s/director's office area.

Hazardous Non-Routine Tasks

Employees may occasionally be required to perform hazardous non-routine tasks. Prior to starting work on such projects, each affected employee will be given information by the supervisor about hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed during such activity.

  • This information will include:
    • Specific chemical hazards.
    • Protective/safety measures the employee can take.
    • Measures the college has taken to lessen the hazards, including ventilation, respirators, presence of another employee, and emergency procedures.
    • Review of MSDS.

Informing Contractors

  • It is the responsibility of the Director of Plant Services to provide contractors (with employees) the following information:
    • Hazardous chemicals to which they may be exposed while on-the-job site.
  • Precautions the employees may take to lessen the possibility of exposure by usage of appropriate protective measures.
  • Availability of MSDS/s for all hazardous chemicals on file and where a copy may be obtained.
  • The Director of Plant Services will be responsible for contacting each contractor before work is started at the college to gather and disseminate any information concerning chemical hazards that the contractor is bringing to the college workplace.