Hazardous Materials Compliance

The commission of Risk Management and Safety Services (RM&SS) is to ensure the safe and proper ordering, storage, labeling, collection, accumulation, packaging, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes, and to provide the campus with procedures and processes that promote the safe, legal, efficient and ecologically sound disposal of hazardous wastes.

To assist in accomplishing this goal, the Humboldt waste generators and chemical users shall cooperate with RM&SS and must abide by the RM&SS guidelines set forth to accomplish this task. It is policy that all users and purchasers of hazardous materials follow labeling and inventory procedures as outlined by RM&SS and applies to all Humboldt state and auxiliary entities.

In addition to these requirements, all users are to Purchase hazardous materials using the purchase requisition process to generate an official Humboldt Purchase Order, to ensure that RM&SS is notified of all campus purchases and can follow-up with the purchaser to ensure this material is labeled and inventoried. Exception: approved pro-card holders may purchase chemicals by acknowledging and following inventory management procedures and by adhering to the pro-card reporting requirements for tracking purchases, for more information on pro-card usage restrictions, see: https://procurement.humboldt.edu/procard


All new bottles from the manufacturer should arrive with sufficient information on the labels and will just need to be barcoded and entered into Humboldt's chemical inventory database called UNHCems prior to placement in a secure storage location. 

If you recontainerize a stock chemical into a secondary container or mix up a new solution the new container must comply with OSHA regulations for chemical labels. 

The Hazardous Communication Standard (CCR Title 8, Section 5194) and the Laboratory Standard (CCR Title, Section 5191) requires that all containers of hazardous substances be labeled with the identity of the chemical and have appropriate hazard warnings. The name of the chemical must be spelled out. Abbreviations and formulas are not acceptable, unless the spelled out chemical name is also present. The name(s) of the chemical(s) and the hazard warnings are the minimum requirements, additional information may be noted on the label.

Labels do not have to be computer prepared. Tape or a suitable paper affixed label with the required information written on it is acceptable. If this secondary container is not a consumable, it must also be appropriately inventoried. 

The Hazardous Materials Policy can be found here: https://policy.humboldt.edu/hazardous-materials-management-program-policy-0