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Hazard Communication Program

C.C.R., Title 8, Section 5194

Hazard Communication or the "Right-to-Know" regulations are a group of standards that are designed to show how information will be provided to employees who use hazardous substances so that both acute and chronic exposures are minimized.

Right-to-Know means that employees have a right to know about the health and physical hazards associated with any chemical substances in the workplace and have a right to know the appropriate precautions necessary to use these substances in a safe manner.

This Program Includes:

  1. A Hazard Communication written plan, found in the Safety Training Manual
  2. An employee training program specific to the hazardous substances in the workplace
  3. A system for the procurement and distribution of Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) and other sources of information in the workplace
  4. Emergency procedures relative to the release of hazardous substances
  5. An inventory of hazardous substances specific to each work site

As an Employee, You Have the Right to:

  1. Receive information and training about hazardous substances to which you may be exposed
  2. Have access to and know the location of MSDS for the substances in your work area
  3. Have your physician and collective bargaining agent receive information about the hazardous substances to which you may be exposed
  4. Be protected against discharge or other discrimination due to the exercise of your rights afforded as stated and outlined in the Hazardous Substance Information and Training Act

As an Employee, You are Responsible for:

  1. Reading and complying with the instructions for a substance's proper use, storage, and preparation as found on container labels and in Material Data Safety Sheets
  2. Properly labeling all substance containers that are not labeled by the substance manufacturer, also known as "secondary containers"
  3. Using only substances purchased and/or approved for use by the District (you may not introduce substances into the workplace without prior approval).
  4. Using the personal protective equipment you are provided

HAZARD COMMUNICATION NOTICE: ASBESTOS AWARENESS

An asbestos survey has been completed and the report confirms the presence of Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM) in certain buildings on campus. This is not uncommon in the United States. Many buildings built before 1978 have construction materials containing some asbestos.

Asbestos is a natural mineral which has been used for thousands of years by humans in many different cultures. Deposits of asbestos are mined even today in many locations all over the world, including California. Its many unique properties make it extremely useful in a variety of construction, mechanical and insulating situations even today. Left undisturbed, ACBM is not hazardous.

Asbestos Containing Building Materials may pose a threat to your health, only when asbestos fibers become airborne due to material aging, deterioration, or as the result of damage.

Airborne asbestos in campus buildings is virtually nonexistent under normal working conditions. Even when ACBM is disturbed, testing reveals extremely low asbestos fiber content when compared to industrial workplaces where serious health effects such as lung cancer and asbestoses have been observed.

However, to further minimize the risks of exposure to workers and students, it is important for employees to understand and follow proper work practices to keep the potential for disturbing ACBM at a minimum.

  1. Avoid touching suspected asbestos materials on walls, ceilings, pipes or boiler coverings. If you're not sure of its content, contact your supervisor or the Environmental Health supervisor.
  2. Do not drill holes, hang plants or other objects from wall/ceilings made of suspected ACBM.
  3. Do not disturb ACBM when replacing light bulbs.
  4. If you notice what you believe may be damaged asbestos material or asbestos debris, do not disturb it. Contact your supervisor.

If you find ACBM that has been damaged report it to the Facilities Department at extension 8690. Only persons authorized and properly trained should perform any work which may disturb asbestos materials.

The Citrus College Asbestos Management Report lists specific locations where ACBM has been found in campus buildings. Any employee may review the asbestos survey report and results of bulk sampling or air monitoring tests conducted in our buildings.

Citrus College has had and continues to have an active program in place to minimize employee exposure to asbestos. As a part of that program, we have and will continue to conduct periodic air monitoring tests to ensure that asbestos levels are well within acceptable limits.

All asbestos-related data is available for review during normal business hours in the Facilities Department and in the Environmental Health Office in the Facilities Complex. Please call the Environmental Health Office at extension 8704, for additional information.

 
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