Introduction

The College of Science Safety Department Web site covers Emergencies, Staff and Awareness Training as the main headers across the top of the home web page.

The Emergencies page will try to cover what to do in an emergency and will provide access to the UPD Emergency Procedures Handbook. he Staff page will introduce you to the 3 main members of the College of Science Safety Department and the Awareness Training page will have schedules and/or materials available for the Awareness Level training that is State and Federally mandated for everyone within the College of Science to take.

Besides the Introduction page, we also have: What's New; Building Notification Protocols; Hazard Recognition; Teratogens; Hazardous Waste Disposal; D.O.T./NFPA and College of Science Safety Committee information.

The What's New page will try to address any new safety information that is available or any other new topics that might be interesting or good information. The data in the Building Notification Protocols page addresses building evacuations for Duncan Hall, Science building and MacQuarrie Hall and who the emergency contact people are for these buildings. Hazard Recognition page information will go over the basics of how to recognize hazards, fire and the fire triangle, potential and indeterminate hazards, health effects, exposure guides, routes of entry and noise. For those of you who may be pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, the Teratogens page covers the list of chemicals that are known teratogens that the College of Science has in their chemical inventory. You can use the information here to ask your professor if any of these chemicals might be used in your lab. There is also a link to the Proposition 65 (Public Right to Know) website that has the complete list of Prop 65 chemicals. For those of you that have to deal with hazardous wastes, the Haz Waste Disposal page covers information regarding this subject. The D.O.T./ NFPA page outlines the Department Of Transportation's list of 9 hazard classes, while the NFPA section covers the National Fire Prevention Associations information on the NFPA diamond; what it means and what the numbers signify. Together, the Hazard Recognition and DOT/NFPA pages are a good overall information resource. Lastly, the Safety Committee page contains information regarding the COS Safety Safety Committee meetings.

MSDS Requests

If you are working in the lab and the MSDS binder (that should already be in your lab or back-office) does not contain the MSDS for the chemical that you are using at that location, you have two options. One is to contact me at 924-4875 and request the MSDS needed. The other option is that the University has a contract (1993) with CHEMWATCH, that if you access this site from a SJSU computer, will allow you access to numerous MSDS's that they have on file.