The purpose of hazard communication is to inform employees of the hazards associated with chemicals in their workplace and ensure the safe use, handling, and disposal of hazardous chemicals.
To that end, the University has developed a hazard communication program and training to comply with the requirements of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (MIOSHA) Hazard Communication Standard
Departments must keep an inventory of chemicals they currently have in stock and a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) must be maintained in the workplace for any chemical on that list. The SDS was designed to convey important safety hazard information and measures to protect persons who may come in contact with a product including employees, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel. Current, revised, and obsolete SDS must be kept on a file at the University for 30 years.
The University of Michigan - Dearborn's Hazard Communication Program (HazCom) is intended to serve non-research personnel (e.g., shops, operations, maintenance, custodial, studios, etc.). Research and laboratory personnel are covered under the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).